Reports dead girl is missing 16-year-old asylum seeker

Several Swedish media are reporting that a female found dead in a forest area in southern Stockholm could be a 16-year-old girl who had sought asylum in the Nordic country.

Reports dead girl is missing 16-year-old asylum seeker
Police examining the location where the body was found. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The body was found on Monday after a dog walker spotted an arm sticking out from the moss in a forest area of the Hökarängen suburb of the Swedish capital.

Police launched a murder investigation after forensic teams found that her death may have been suspicious.

The girl has not been formally identified, but several Swedish newspapers reported on Thursday afternoon that she is understood to be a 16-year-old asylum seeker.

The Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper wrote that the girl, from Afghanistan, was reported missing by her boyfriend and the refugee home where she was staying on March 20th.

According to unnamed sources cited by the Swedish daily, police are investigating a theory that there could be an “honour motive” behind her suspected murder.

“We have been told by the police not to talk to anyone about what has happened,” a worker at the asylum home where the young girl was staying told the Aftonbladet tabloid.

Police lead investigator Daniel Edlund and prosecutor Tomas Malmenby both declined to comment during the ongoing investigation when approached by DN.

No one had been arrested by Thursday afternoon.

Sweden took in more than 35,000 underage asylum seekers arriving in the country without their parents in 2015, around 23,000 of whom came from Afghanistan.


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.