Woman ‘murdered’ while out jogging in Stockholm

A 21-year-old woman who was reported missing after going out for a jog in Stockholm on Wednesday, has been found dead near a running track.

Woman 'murdered' while out jogging in Stockholm
Police have now cordoned off the running track where the woman's body was found. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The woman was found dead at 2.05am on Thursday morning in the Runby area of the Stockholm suburb of Upplands Väsby by dog handlers. 

“According to the patrol that found her everything indicates that she has been murdered. It does not look like a normal death,” Anna Kling from Stockholm police told Swedish news agency TT.

Police have now cordoned off the area.

“We are speaking to those who come to the site and have information to offer,” Towe Hägg, a spokesperson for Stockholm police told TT.

The woman’s family reported her missing at 9.30pm on Wednesday night when she didn’t come home after a short jog.

The running track in Upplands Väsby where the woman was found. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

A large number of dogs and police patrols were then sent out to look for her. The woman's family also joined the search.

The 21-year-old’s car was still parked at the exercise facility.

Two cars have now been seized, but police would not comment on whether any of the cars belonged to the deceased woman. 

The place where the woman was found is just a few hundred metres into the forest near a disused nursery, according to Ingvar Fasén, who lives in the area.

He was out walking on Thursday morning when he saw the police cordons.

“I found out that a woman had been murdered there. It has not sunk in just yet,” he said.

Police launched an immediate investigation into the murder. No arrests have been made and there are no suspects.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.