Bones found in California belong to Swedish girl missing 30 years ago – police
Police in California on Thursday said bones found in Northern California foothills belonged to a Swedish female student missing more than 33 years ago.
They said the discovery that the bones belonged to 21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson, was made in Fremont, in 2010.
The police authorities said the remains of the girl, ‘’consisting only seven bones’’ had prompted reopening of investigation into the case.
They said that Martinsson, of Uddevalla, Sweden, an exchange student, was staying with a family in Greenbrae, across San Francisco Bay from Fremont, when she was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1982.
According to the police, Martinsson, who was also working as a nanny, vanished after buying a pair of boots in the nearby community of Larkspur and had not been seen in more than three decades.
Police said that 10 days after her disappearance, one Henry Coleman, 31, and Sabrina Johnson, 26, were arrested after they were found in Oklahoma with the yellow Volkswagen Rabbit that Martinsson had been driving.
The authorities said that Coleman, who had previously served term in prison for rape, was convicted of auto theft and sentenced to five years in prison.
It disclosed that investigators were seeking additional tests on the bones and trying to determine Coleman’s whereabouts.
They said that Martinsson’s remains, which were cremated, would be sent back to her family in Sweden.