Missing mother of two suspected murdered

A woman who was last seen over three weeks ago in western Sweden is now believed to have been murdered, police announced on Tuesday.

Missing mother of two suspected murdered

The woman, a 23-year-old mother of two from Trollhättan, was declared missing at the end of June.

Over 200 volunteers from the Missing People organization have joined the hunt for the woman, who was initially believed to have been kidnapped.

However, on Tuesday police from the declared that the woman was likely murdered.

“With the help of technical evidence, we can state that the 23-year-old woman has been murdered,” Thord Haraldsson of the local police told Sveriges Radio.

He added that officers were now running a murder investigation.

Two men, aged 31 and 35-years-old, remain in custody on suspicion of aiding and abetting a criminal. The 35-year-old man is an acquaintance of the woman and has had previous contact with the police.

Both men deny all the allegations against them, although according to the prosecutor suspicions against the men have strengthened over the two weeks they have been in custody.

The woman’s blood was discovered in her apartment in Trollhättan, which lies roughly 75 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

“As we don’t know what has caused the death or how it transpired, we’re in a tricky position with the investigation,” Haraldsson added.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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