“I can confirm that we have found the helmet,” Lars Johansson, head of the Skövde police’s serious crimes department, told the GT newspaper.
The helmet had disappeared at the same time as Holm, who was last seen leaving the café in Blomberg near Lidköping where she worked. She had the helmet with her when she vanished.
Holm sent a text message at 6.23pm to her family telling them she was on her way home to Skövde, but never arrived. Her moped was found parked outside the café with the keys in the ignition.
“We have a theory that she was wearing the helmet or carrying it when she disappeared,” Christer Fuxborg, press spokesperson for the Västra Götaland police, told GT earlier. “Finding it would be an interesting piece of the puzzle.”
Now police have that piece.
But Johansson would not reveal the helmet’s condition, where and when it was found or what exactly kind of information it could offer.
“Those are details that I cannot comment on,” he said.
A 35-year-old man from Lithuania is still in police custody on suspicion of involvement in Holm’s murder. Prosecutors earlier said that indications pointing to his guilt are growing.
Two other suspects, the man’s brother and a woman, have been released although charges of murder or harbouring a criminal could still be filed against them.