Reward offer prompts new tips in case of missing teenager

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The offer of a reward for information leading to a breakthrough in the case of a missing Oslo teenager resulted in around 20 more tips over the weekend. None, however, has been of much help as the search for 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne goes on.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported Monday that police now have more than 2,000 tips tied to Schjetne’s disappearance. It’s widely believed Schjetne was abducted in her eastern Oslo neighbourhood while on her way home around midnight on August 4.

Schjetne’s parents told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Saturday that anonymous donors had pledged nearly NOK 1 million to help prod any witnesses into coming forward with relevant information. Police had initially advised them against offering any rewards, but retracted that advice on Friday, saying they no longer believed it would hinder their investigation. They said on Sunday that they were able to keep up with the amount of tips coming in.

“Someone knows, someone knows something,” her father, Tom Schjetne, told NRK. Her mother Ingrid Giskegjerde added: “No one just disappears into thin air.”

They retraced the route they believe their daughter took home, and think she disappeared around a day care center where police found her shoes, her mobile telephone and one sock.

“We won’t give up, she’s out there somewhere,” Schjetne told NRK.

Hundreds of volunteers have taken part in the search for the missing 16-year-old, while police have mounted a major investigation into her disappearance. The parents’ attorney, Harald Stabell, is coordinating the reward effort and said they were encouraged over the tips that it prompted.

“They think the reward can contribute towards someone talking about what they know,” Stabell told Aftenposten. The missing teen’s parents also said they were grateful for all the support they were receiving.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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