Police in Sola, just south of Stavanger, had three men in custody on Thursday, charged with the apparent abduction and murder of a 44-year-old man whose body was found on a local beach Monday afternoon. Two of them have admitted to being involved in his murder while the third denies all charges.
State broadcaster NRK reported Thursday that police have received “a thorough and detailed” explanation from the two men about what happened to the man whose car was later found dumped in the sea at Ølberg.
NRK reported that the three defendants, all of whom have criminal records, arrived at a nearby train station “and needed a car.” The 44-year-old, described as a kind local resident who often offered rides to people, was apparently a random victim. Police suspect he was murdered when the men tried to take his car from him.
All three men faced custody hearings on Thursday. The murder has shaken the local community and the family of the man, who recently had been honoured at his workplace after 25 years of employment. The police investigation was continuing.