Police enlist psychologist in search for mising girl

Police in Oslo have enlisted the help of an expert psychologist to help evaluate the huge volume of potential leads received from members of the public in the search for the missing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne.

Police enlist psychologist in search for mising girl
Surveillance images of Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne boarding a bus in Oslo at 7.45pm on Saturday, Augsut 4th. (Photo: Politiet)

Police said on Wednesday that while there were no major developments in the case, they were continuing to commit undiminished resources to the search for the girl, who disappeared near her home in Østensjø ten days ago.

Witness psychologist Asbjørn Rachlew, who also assisted the police in the questioning of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, is expected to help police appraise the relative merits of the 1,700 tips they have so far received in the case.

“Sigrid’s parents are obviously very grateful for any positive resources the police commit to the case,” the family’s lawyer Harald Stabell told newspaper VG.

On Tuesday, police said they were seeking to get in touch with the owner of a dark red car observed near the spot where the teenager disappeared at around midnight last Saturday.

“A car was seen in the vicinity of Låveveien at that time, which is to say between midnight and 12.30am. It was a passenger car; we don’t know the model or make, but it has been described as burgundy, wine red, or dark red,” said police investigator Grete Lien Metlid.

Sigrid Giskegjerdet Schjetne was reported missing by her parents at 12.30am on Sunday, when she failed to arrive home after having been at a friend's house two kilometres away.

Police found the girl's shoes, mobile telephone and a sock near the teenager's home.

She is reported to have had contact with friends via SMS while walking home and none reported any behaviour deemed out of the ordinary. 

Local resident Anne-Mette Jørgensen Saethre reported hearing a scream at around 12.30am near a children's daycare centre, only 300 metres from the teenager's home.

"We heard a long, frenetic and scared scream… My daughter said it sounded like a painful cry," she told NTB.

The teenager was wearing jeans shorts, a blue jumper and a grey singlet when she disappeared. She is 16-years-old, 170 centimetres tall and has light brown hair and blue eyes.

Police have called for anyone who was in the vicinity of Skøyenåsen between 11.30pm and 1am to get in contact by calling 02800.

Close friends of the girl are continuing to coordinate daily searches in the area.

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Sigrid, 16, was random victim: police

Police believe 16-year-old murder victim Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne was likely selected at random by the men charged with killing her.

Sigrid, 16, was random victim: police
Well-wishers left flowers on Monday night at a kindergarten near the victim's home (Photo: Audun Braastad/Scanpix).

Oslo police have not found anything linking the murdered teenager with either of the two men arrested on Monday night at a workshop near where her body was found.

”We are investigating, and have investigated, all of our projects to see if there is a connection but as far we can tell she was a random victim,” said police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Police launched a massive search operation after the girl disappeared on her way home from a friend’s house at around midnight on Saturday August 4th.

Her telephone, shoes, and a sock were later found near her home and witnesses reported hearing piercing screams.

Her body was found on Monday evening in a woodland area near a small industrial zone in Kolbotn, a small town 15 kilometres south of Oslo.

Police refused on Wednesday to disclose the cause of the girl’s death.

”It’s too early and could hamper our investigation,” said inspector Rohde.

Both men suspected of murdering Giskegjerde Schjetne deny the charges against them. The suspects, aged 37 and 64, claim they have alibis for the time she is believed to have gone missing.

The inspector said the police are still interested in receiving tips from members of the public.

”We believe we’re on the right track in the case, and have made a breakthrough, but much work remains,” said Rohde.