Sigrid, 16, was random victim: police

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Well-wishers left flowers on Monday night at a kindergarten near the victim's home (Photo: Audun Braastad/Scanpix).
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Police believe 16-year-old murder victim Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne was likely selected at random by the men charged with killing her.

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.

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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.

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