Investigators at Norway’s national crime unit Kripos said they haven’t found any clear links among a wave of attempted abductions in southeast Norway in recent weeks. It’s possible, claim some experts, that reports of the early attacks have simply inspired others to try luring youth into cars as well.
Kripos held an emergency meeting this week after being called in to assist local police in Hedmark, Akershus, Buskerud and, most recently, Vestfold counties, where at least 10 known attempted abductions have occurred since mid-September. The attacks have prompted police to warn children and teenagers against walking alone, even in broad daylight.
But the coordinated attempt among police districts to find any clear common factors among the attacks failed. The vehicles involved have been different, as have the men carrying out the attempted abductions, according to descriptions given by victims.
“If we can say anything in general about theses cases, it’s that the evidence seems to vary,” Reidar Bruusgaard of Kripos told news bureau NTB. He said the cases will continue to have high priority.