Swedish police find body of missing woman in suspected murder

Update: The body found by Swedish police early on Tuesday is that of Tova Moberg, a 19-year-old woman whose disappearance in Hälsingland sparked a huge search operation.

Swedish police find body of missing woman in suspected murder
Police divers searching the water in Hudiksvall. Photo: Mats Andersson/TT

She was last seen on Saturday night, and was subsequently reported as missing by her parents. A significant police operation searched for her in the following days, with around 50 police officers along with search and rescue dogs and a helicopter contributing.

A lake and small island were searched in connection with the investigation late on Monday night, while a property adjacent to the lake is cordoned off. Police and forensic workers continued to work on the site on Tuesday, with divers searching the water and waterfront, and evidence taken from the building.

Witnesses had reportedly seen three men in a boat acting strangely in the area in recent days. Three men in their 20s were questioned by police and arrested suspected of kidnapping on 'probable cause' (the higher degree of suspicion according to Swedish law) late on Sunday night, and they are now also suspected of murder.

The body was found in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with police later confirming it is the woman.

“It is with great regret and sadness that we can say that we have found Tova Moberg's body,” Swedish Police central region press spokesperson Christer Nordström said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The men being held can be linked to Moberg according to information provided in questioning, as well as a trail of evidence, the public prosecutor explained.

A man who lives near the house told news agency TT that the events have left an impact on him.

“You barely believe it. But then you see the police cordons here. This kind of thing shouldn't be allowed to happen, such a young girl. I'm both sad and angry,” he said.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime