Birna Brjansdottir Murder: Iceland mourns as body of missing woman is found

Herman Weaver
January 24, 2017

The Icelandic police have just confirmed that the body of Birna Brjánsdóttir, a young woman that has been missing for 8 days, was found on the beach by Selvogsviti lighthouse, south of Reykjavik.

The finding came as the ship was boarded by police officers following an investigation linked to the disappearance of a 20-year-old woman.

A country of 330,000 people, Iceland has registered an average of 1.8 murders per year since 2001, according to police statistics, with the killers often under the influence of alcohol or having mental health issues. Surveillance footage showed her buying a kebab around 5am, and two sailors from Greenland, ages 25 and 30, were on Wednesday arrested. Brjansdottir was last seen early on January 14, after a night of bar-hopping in Reykjavik. Police has arrested two crew members of a Greenlandic trawler, Polar Nanoq, who are believed to have murdered Birna and then dumped her body in the sea.

Traces of Brjansdottir's blood were later found in the red vehicle, which had been rented by the sailors, authorities said.

One of her shoes was found near where their vessel was docked, at Hafnarfjordur, south of the capital Reykjavik. The ship returned to Reykjavik and the men were arrested. Last week's huge search involved the police, the coastguard, drones, divers and about 700 search and rescue officials. A third man was released and a fourth remains in custody after cops found a cache of drugs aboard, per Maritime Executive.

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