A 19-year-old man has confessed to killing Ida Johansson, who was found dead in the early hours of August 6th in the Runby area of the Stockholm suburb of Upplands Väsby.
A tip-off from a member of the public saw police officers arrest the man on Thursday evening, and he confessed in the first round of interrogation soon after.
The man, who was not known to police previously, was caught by police after a witness placed him at the scene on the night of the crime. A DNA test confirmed that he had been in the area at the time of Johansson's death.
Tributes left at the running track in the Runby area of Upplands Väsby. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT
The search for the killer was extensive, seeing police comparing the DNA of over 800 men with traces found at the crime scene.
Police refused to go into details about the motive of the murder, nor any other details of the investigation, and did not comment on whether the woman had been a victim of a sexual assault.
The murder stirred debates in Sweden about female safety while out running. Just days after the woman was found dead, thousands of people took to tracks across the Nordic country in the much-publicized 'Run with love' campaign to pay tribute to Ida – and to show defiance in the face of fear.
The 19-year-old confessed to the high-profile murder on Thursday. Photo: TT