Police find body of missing teen

Police in Oslo confirmed on Tuesday evening that a body found in an industrial zone the night before was that of missing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne.

Police find body of missing teen
Photo: Lise ├ůserud/Scanpix

Two men have been arrested and charged with murder, with an alternative charge of acting as an accessory to murder.

Police in the Follo district discovered the girl's body at around 9pm on Monday in Kolbotn, a small town 15 kilometres south of Oslo.

"The identity of the deceased was confirmed this afternoon. Her family has been notified," police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde told reporters.

The body was found behind a Shell station, 200 metres from a forest path, in an industrial area near national route 152.

Armed police officers apprehended the two suspects in a raid on a nearby business premises.

Sigrid Giskegjerdet Schjetne was reported missing on August 5th when she failed to arrive home after a late-night visit to a friend's house two kilometres away.

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

Police raided the home on Tuesday afternoon of a 64-year-old man arrested in connection with the discovery of the body. The man's lawyer, Aase Karine Sigmond, said her client denied the charges against him.

A 37-year-old man was arrested at the same time. Both face charges of murder or acting as an accessory.

The 37-year-old has a previous conviction for the brutal assault of a woman in her twenties in Oslo in November 2003, news agency NTB reports.

He was also convicted of threatening a police officer with an axe and jailed for two years. The man's lawyer, John Christian Elden, said his client also denied the charges.

"He says the police can check out technical evidence that will prove he couldn't have committed this murder, that he has an alibi," Elden told NTB.

A witness charged earlier with providing false testimony was not one of the two men charged with Giskegjerdet Schjetne's murder, police inspector Rohde said.

Monday’s arrests came as a direct result of investigations into the girl’s disappearance, according to Rohde.

Amid an intensifying investigation, police said they would not yet comment on the time or cause of death.

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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.