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Motive unclear in triple murder and suicide

Police said this week that they may never learn the motive of a 65-year-old man who shot and killed both his daughters and his 10-month-old granddaughter before shooting and killing himself at the family’s home at Nes in Romerike, northeast of Oslo on January 23. He’s been charged post-mortem with all three murders as the investigation continues.

He’s been identified as Steinar Korslund, who police said had worked for a company at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen but semi-retired as of January 1. He had also worked within fur-farming and was known as an avid hunter who had several registered rifles at home. They were used in the murders of his 24-year-old daughter Victoria, who still lived at home, his 30-year-old daughter Katrine who worked for the police, and her 10-month-old daughter Emily.

Prosecutor Anne Marie Hustad said at a press conference this week that he had called police himself, spoke in a calm voice, identified himself over the phone, gave his address, reported the murders and then put down the phone and apparently shot himself. Hustad said police could hear a gun go off in the background. She said Korslund’s partner, who was the mother and grandmother of his victims, was not home at the time.

The triple murder-suicide has stunned neighbours, friends and colleagues, who described Korslund as good at his job, tenacious and community-minded. “We just can’t understand this,” said Bjorn Arild Bråten, who told newspaper VG that he’d known Korslund for 45 years. He had spoken with Korslund just three days before the murders and had no impression that anything was wrong.

“It’s not certain we will find a clear motive,” Hustad said. Police continue to investigate Korslund’s private economy and health records, along with technical examinations of the murder scene. Police couldn’t say whether the murders were planned or impulsive. Korslund’s funeral was held separately from his two daughters’ and grandaughter’s. staff



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