UPDATED: A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday after a woman was found dead in a car on County Road RV33 at Feiring on the eastern shore of Lake Mjøsa. The man was arrested at the scene early Tuesday morning, after the car had run off the road.
Police had received a report of an accident at Feiring, and arrived to find the woman dead and the man nearby. After initially releasing few details, police said the man and the woman were a couple. The man’s defense attorney claimed they had a quarrel in the car “that had this tragic result.”
Prosecutor Andreas Christiansen of the Øst Police District said the woman sustained injuries that suggest she was struck with a blunt instrument. The chain of events around her death remained unclear but police later said the woman was an asylum seeker living at an asylum center in the nearby town of Lena. The man was identified as an Iranian who has been living in Norway for 16 years and worked as a taxi driver. He is a Norwegian citizen.
He was also apparently injured and taken to hospital. There were also reports in local newspaper Toten Blad and VG that the victim had been shot but that was denied by the man’s defense attorney
The police investigation led to closure on Tuesday of a lengthy portion of the RV33 highway north of Eidsvoll and Minnesund that continues up to Kapp and Gjøvik. “This is a busy road with quite a bit of traffic, and it’s difficult to turn around,” police operations leader Anders Bru said. Police were asking for help from any witnesses who may have seen a silver-grey Ford Focus stationwagon on RV33 between 3am and 6am Tuesday. They’re asked to call police at 459 74 768.