A 51-year-old woman remained in police custody on Monday while investigators searched the home she shared with her husband in Lier, between Drammen and Oslo, for the third day in a row. She’s charged with murdering her husband, whose body was found in a burned-out car just before the weekend.
A court ordered the woman held for at least the next two weeks in full isolation, with no access to visitors, media or correspondence while the investigation continues. Police were checking film from surveillance cameras in the area and questioning people associated with the couple.
Police still weren’t sure where or how the victim, a 57-year-old man, was murdered. They had assistance from state police investigators and dogs specially trained in finding remains of blood or bodily fluids. They also were combing the area around the parking lot where the burned-out car was found last Wednesday with the man’s body inside.
The man’s wife denies the charges against her, and her defense attorney initially said she viewed the charges as “unreal.” He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Monday, though, that she has “some understanding” for the charges because their relationship was turbulent. Police had been called to their home on earlier occasions.