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Kidnap suspects released (updated)

Marie Eleni Grimsrud

A 49-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man believed to be involved in the kidnap of four-year-old Marie-Eleni Grimsrud outside her kindergarten on April 27 were released late Tuesday afternoon after their remands expired.

The four-year-old, who is currently with her father, believed to be behind the abduction, is still nowhere to be found.

The 49-year-old was arrested on May 5 and was initially remanded for eight days, but police requested an extension on Sunday. He is alleged to have been the driver of a car spotted on CCTV footage at the place from which the taxi that is believed to have taken father and child from Dasoupoli to Tseri.

On Saturday, police re-arrested the 49-year-old after new information emerged. The woman had been arrested after the abduction but was released last week. The suspect was allegedly involved in arranging a taxi to pick up the girl and her father from Dasoupolis, where the abduction took place.

Reports said the woman was also in the taxi and her DNA was found on a bottle collected from the getaway vehicle. Data from her phone showed that she had been in contact with one of the suspects initially arrested by police.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, police did not request extension of the two suspects’ remands, but are waiting for the results of lab tests.

Police believe they have connected the dots as to what really happened and who is involved in the abduction, while they do not rule out the possibility of re-arresting some of the suspects and filing charges against them, CNA said.

So far, police have arrested seven suspects and all have been released.

The four-year-old’s parents are divorced and she had been living in Cyprus with her mother while her father was in Norway.

The girl’s mother Eleni Ioannou, 48, said that two hooded men snatched Marie-Eleni outside her kindergarten in Dasoupolis and drove off.

A lawyer for the girl’s father, Norwegian national Torkel Grimsrud, 49, said that the father took the girl himself.

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