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Police confirm missing man was murdered

Police have confirmed that burned human remains found at a farm in Løten, just east of Hamar, are those of Ole Andreas Sønstvedt, a 37-year-old man who was reported missing by his family in mid-January. Police had already arrested a woman who lived at the farm, where Sønstvedt also was living, but she denies any involvement in his disappearance.

“It’s a great sorrow for (Sønstvedt’s) family to learn that a son and a brother is gone, and shocking given the circumstances around the death,” the family’s court-appointed attorney, Heidi Ysen, told news bureau NTB on Wednesday. “At the same time, it’s a relief to finally get confirmation.”

The defense attorney for the woman charged in the man’s death told newspaper Dagbladet that she was “sad to hear that he’s been found dead” and that she “hopes the police investigation will determine what happened to him.”

It’s the latest in a string of murders in Norway since New Year, several of which have involved family members as the assailants. Among them was a triple murder-suicide that also occurred in a rural area northeast of Oslo, and the murder by stabbing earlier this month of a woman in her 20s at Rådalen in Bergen. Her husband, in his 30s, was also found wounded at the scene but survived and has since been charged with his wife’s murder. Both were refugees in Norway and had three small children, one of whom managed to call police. They’re being cared for by Norway’s child protection agency. Their mother was later found to have been pregnant with the family’s fourth child.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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