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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.

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Sex offender lied to us in missing girl case: police

A man with a history of sexual offences lied to police when questioned about his whereabouts in the case of the disappearance of 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne, according to reports.

Sex offender lied to us in missing girl case: police
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”We can confirm that a person has been charged with giving false testimony in the Sigrid case,” said police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde.

Police said they would not seek for him to be held on remand.  

According to Norwegian media reports, the man was convicted of rape and indecent exposure in Bergen in 2006.

He later moved to Oslo and lived near Sigrid Giskegjerdet Schjetne, who was reported missing by her parents almost a month ago 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.

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 girl's home.

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 claimed this week to know more about the case than they have revealed, but noted that nobody had yet been formally charged as a suspect.

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