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Lawyer says police close to locating snatched girl’s father

Marie Eleni and her father

Police are hot on the trail of the father believed to have abducted his four-year-old daughter some 23 days ago, the lawyer of the missing child’s mother Larry Vrahimis said on Saturday.

Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC radio, Vrahimis said that following new information police are close to locating Torkel Grimsrud, 49, and his daughter Marie-Eleni, who he abducted on April 27 outside her kindergarten in Dasoupoli, Nicosia over a custody dispute with his ex-wife.

According to Vrahimis, police believe that Grimsrud, a Norwegian national, was not able to leave the island and that he is hiding somewhere in the government controlled areas with help from accomplices.

Vrahimis urged members of the public that may possess information that could help police locate father and child to step up and report it.

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 said that the father took the girl himself.

Seven suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the case, and all have been released, but police said that this does not mean that they are not still considered as suspects. Police did not rule out re-arresting them if new evidence emerges.

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