Police in Sogndal in the mountains of central Norway received funding on Thursday to launch another underwater search for a 22-year-old woman missing for more than two weeks. Now they can use sonar and a mini-submarine to search a wider area of the Barsnes Fjord.
The last registered contact with Veronica Heggheim Stegegjerde occurred on October 25 and she was reported missing from her home at Årøy, outside Sogndal, on October 28. She lived in a house with her younger brother, but had been there alone in the weeks just before she disappeared.
There are few neighbours in the area who can help police in their search for the young woman, who’s now presumed to be dead. Police have been utterly without any traces of the woman since Stegegjerde left her mobile phone, bank card and computer at her house, along with her dog and her cat. There were no signs of any struggle in the house and police don’t think she simply took off with someone.
Based on clothes left in her home, police believe she was wearing blue jeans and a fleece jacket when she disappeared. Her raincoat was left in the house as well, which baffles police since her disappearance occurred when the entire area was hit by storms and floods. Police fear her body is lying somewhere in the fjord.