State broadcaster NRK reported Wednesday morning that the new “cold case” unit of the state police crime unit Kripos has recommended reopening the investigation into the murder of a 17-year-old teenage girl on the island of Karmøy, Western Norway. Birgitte Tengs was found raped and murdered not far from her home on the island between Bergen and Stavanger in May 1995.
Tengs was known to have hitchhiked from a church meeting at Avaldsnes to Kopervik on the evening on May 5, where she met some friends. She was last seen on Kopervik’s pedestrian street shortly after midnight, where she chatted with the driver of a car.
Her murder case has generated widespread national media coverage for years. Tengs’ cousin was later tried and convicted of the crime in a local court but acquitted by an appeals court. He was nonetheless ordered to pay compensation for the crime, which sparked strong objections from both Tengs’ cousin and his defense attorney.
The initial police investigation has been criticized over the years and Tengs’ unsolved murder was among the first to be re-examined by the new “cold case” unit.