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Police confirm: it is Marina Johansson

Linda Genborg 2012-04-18

The body found by the organisation Missing People in Svartedalen Nature Reserve on the weekend is the remains of Marina Johansson, confirmed the police on Wednesday.

“We have waited so long for some clarity,” says Marina’s mother Laila to Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

Marina disappeared from her home near Spekeröd on the west coast in July 2010. Her former boyfriend was charged with her murder but was acquitted by both the District Court and the Court of Appeal. One of the main challenges for the prosecutor was that Marina’s body was never found.

The remains were found when the volunteer organisation Missing People organized a search in the area around Marina’s house on the weekend. Around 200 people took part in the search. The body was found close to a forest road around 10 kilometres from Marina’s house. It was wrapped in a matrass, which was covered in a plastic wrapping and hidden under some spruce trees.

The death of Marina is being investigated as a suspected murder. But police press officer Björ Blixter told Göteborgs-Posten there is no suspect at this stage. The police will continue their forensic examination of the body and of other things that were found at the site. The aim is to find evidence from one or several perpetrators.

According to Göteborgs-Posten, it is legally possible that Marina’s former boyfriend is charged with the murder again.

“The Prosecutor-General may request a new trial if new and conclusive evidence emerges. The Supreme Court decides on the matter and if they accept the new evidence, the Supreme Court will remit the case to the most recent legal authority, in this case the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden,” said Karin Rosander, communications director at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, to Göteborgs-Posten on the weekend.

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