Oslo police confirmed to newspaper Dagbladet this week that their investigators found blood from teenage murder victim Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne inside the camping van owned by the 37-year-old prime suspect in the case. He remains in custody and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Police still aren’t ruling out accomplices in the case that attracted huge media attention last summer and prompted thousands of persons to search for the teenage victim when she remained missing. Schjetne, age 16, disappeared while walking home after visiting a friend in Oslo’s Østensjø neighbourhood on the night of August 4. Her battered body was found in a forest around 15 kilometers south of the area a month later.
Police believe she was kidnapped, possibly after being hit by a car, and driven to the area where she died. Two men were arrested the same night her body was found, the 37-year-old originally from Ålesund and his 64-year-old friend from Vestby, south of Oslo. Both are charged in the case, but the 64-year-old was released from custody in November.
The 37-year-old continues to deny guilt and claims to have no recollection of the night Schjetne disappeared. His defense attorney, John Christian Elden, told newspaper Aftenposten that his client claims he hadn’t been driving his van and that others had access to it. The police investigation was continuing.