Interpol has joined the search for escaped murder convict Stig Millehaugen, long considered one of the most dangerous men in Norway. He was nonetheless allowed leave from prison in Trondheim on Wednesday morning, and didn’t return.
An all-points bulletin was quickly issued and police were using helicopters, electronic tracking methods, witness observations and other means of trying to locate Millehaugen.
He’s believed to be in the Oslo area, after taking a flight from Trondheim’s Værnes airport and even reportedly taking the Airport Express Train from Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen into the city. Police believe Millehaugen’s escape was planned and state broadcaster NRK reported Thursday afternoon that police think they know who bought the airline ticket for the man who has a long track record, has escaped before and shot and killed a prison guard in the process.
“He has shown he has the ability, the will and capacity to do what’s needed to escape custody,” a former police officer told NRK, noting that use of helicopters can make it easier to seize Millehaugen at less risk to the public.
He’s believed to have been spotted in Oslo on Wednesday and the public was urged to use extreme caution in the event of any sightings.
Millehaugen has been in trouble with the law since he was a young man. He has been involved in bank robbery, has convictions for two murders and is guilty of earlier prison breakouts and attempted breakouts.
The Oslo native is now 53 years old, had short grey hair and was wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and carrying a backpack when he was allowed to walk out of prison for a few hour of leave. Interpol referred to his tattos including one that reads “Mitt Gott” on his right upper arm, along with Celtic and Chinese symbols.