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Fears for missing woman after car is found

A car belonging to a missing 31-year-old woman from western Sweden has been found a few kilometres from her home. Police fear she has been murdered.

The car belonging to Marina Johansson was found by a security guard in a station car park in Stora Höga, near Stenungsund, about 50 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

A freelance photographer who took photographs of the silver Hyundai Tucson said it could have been parked in the car park for one week.

Police confirmed that Johansson’s car had been found:

“It has been removed and impounded for a forensic examination,” said Pia Goksöyr, spokeswoman for Västra Götaland police. She would not give further information about the circumstances in which the car was found, but said the examination would start on Thursday.

Marina Johansson has not been seen since disappearing from her home on 27th or 28th July. She was reported missing by her family.

“We are obviously hoping for tip-offs from the public,” said police on Wednesday when they revealed that they suspected she had been murdered.

“We cannot give more detail about why we suspect this to be the case, but there are certain circumstances in the case that have led us to go public with our suspicions,” said Thomas Fuxborg, police spokesman, on Wednesday.

Despite suspecting that Johansson is dead, police say they have not ruled out the possibility that she might still be alive.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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