The husband of Janne Jemtland, a 36-year-old mother of two in Brumunddal who’s been missing since just before New Year, has been charged with her pre-meditated murder. He underwent lengthy questioning by police Saturday night after the body of a dead woman was found in the Glomma River, around 65 kilometers south of their home.
Jemtland’s husband had reported her missing after a holiday party on December 29 and even complained later that the police hadn’t responded quickly enough. They launched a major search, were mystified to find her blood stains several days later on the snow at two separate locations a few kilometers away from the family’s home, and reported that her mobile phone had been registered in central Brumunddal nearly four hours after she left the party in a taxi with her husband.
They now think her blood was planted and that Jemtland’s husband had killed her and dumped her body in the river. He was arrested on Friday and they searched in the area where a woman’s body was found after an initial round of questioning. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that he denies killing her, but has clarified that he played a role in her disappearance.
The woman’s disappearance has received major media coverage in Norway and shaken the relatively small rural town around Brumunddal, north of Hamar. The body found in the river won’t be officially identified until an autopsy is performed, but police noted that no other women were reported missing in the area.