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‘Crime possible’ in death of five-year-old girl

Swedish police said on Tuesday they had not ruled out foul play in the death of a five-year-old girl, whose body was found by a lake near Avesta in central Sweden on Monday.

'Crime possible' in death of five-year-old girl

“Tomorrow, the forensic investigation will get under way, and within a few days we will have some answers,” police spokesman Bo Eriksson told Sveriges Television (SVT).

While the police at first said they did not suspect that a crime had taken place, a pathologist who examined the body told the police that it was possible she had been the victim of a crime. The body of the five-year-old girl has been transported to Uppsala for an autopsy.

The police said on Tuesday they welcomed tips from the public about the girl who went missing on the weekend. Officers have already spoken with residents in the nearby area.

“Let us determine whether the observations are valuable as the investigation develops,” Eriksson said in a statement.

The girl disappeared from a playground outside her home in Horndal in Avesta on Saturday afternoon, according to police. The mother began to search for her and alerted the police at 7pm.

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Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

A Polish court ruled on Friday that the 36-year-old man who turned himself in over the murder of a mother-of-two in Trollhättan, western Sweden, should be extradited to Sweden.

Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

The man is suspected of murdering a 23-year-old woman, who has been missing since June 30th in the western Swedish town, roughly 75 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

“We can confirm that on Monday we detained a Swedish man who was being searched for internationally by Swedish police,” Mariusz Sokolowski of the national Polish police force told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“This occurred in the Swedish embassy in Warsaw. We came there at the request of the embassy.”

He added that the case was taken as seriously in Poland as it is in Sweden.

IN PICTURES: Police and the Missing People volunteers join the search

The 36-year-old suspect had been detained before in Sweden on suspicion of kidnapping, while two younger men were detained for aiding a criminal. He will be back on Swedish shores within ten days.

The hunt for the woman’s body has been extensive, involving police divers and hundreds of members of the volunteer Missing People organization. Her body is still missing.

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