Police in Skien were literally dredging up a missing persons case from 2012 on Wednesday that now joins the ranks of grisly if unrelated murders in Norway.
Tips from a man with an apparently bad conscience led police to search a local river, where local media reported that they found a metal cage containing human remains. They’re believed to belong to a local woman, Kari Grønnestad, who disappeared nearly three years ago.
The daughter of the then-56-year-old Grønnestad has been charged with murdering her mother, and her 34-year-old live-in partner is charged as an accessory. Newspaper VG reported that the 34-year-old’s confession came on Sunday, when police were called to the home he shared with Grønnestad’s daughter because of shouting and fighting.
He then told police about the secret he claims the couple had shared since Grønnestad disappeared. Both were arrested and VG reported he then admitted during police questioning that he had helped transport the cage containing Grønnestad, who, also according to VG, had been subjected to massive bodily injury. His partner, Grønnestad’s daughter, has denied having anything to do with her mother’s disappearance.