Police confirm that they now know where 13-year-old Sunniva Ødegaard was killed, but won’t reveal the location. The 17-year-old charged with her murder, meanwhile, is refusing to answer any more questions and has been transferred to Bjørgvin Prison in Bergen.
“He stands by his original statement,” the police wrote in a press release just before the weekend. “Police will attempt to question him again early in the week.”
Police also want to question a couple in their 20s who are believed to have been out on a walk in the area near where Ødegaard’s body was found last Monday in Varhaug, a small community in Jæren south of Stavanger. Police otherwise wrote that they had a “good overview” of the sequence of events when Ødegaard failed to come home after visiting a friend on Sunday evening July 29.
The 17-year-old defendant has admitted to being at the place where Ødegaard’s body was found but denies he killed her. Prosecutor Herdis Traa, however, told local newspaper Jærbladet that police think new evidence has strengthened their case against him. Ødegaard’s funeral has been set for Friday at Varhaug Church.