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Pair of Shoes Belongs to Missing Woman

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Pair of Shoes Belongs to Missing Woman

Search for Birna Brjánsdóttir.

Rescue workers in Hafnarfjörður today. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

It has now been confirmed that a pair of shoes found last night near Hafnarfjörður harbor does indeed belong to Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman who has been missing since early Saturday morning, RÚV reports.

An extensive search is underway for a red five-door 2015 Kia Rio, which was caught on security cameras driving west along Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavík, at 5:25 am on Saturday morning, as Birna walked in the opposite direction.

Vísir reports that the police have seized one such vehicle in Kópavogur, a rental car which was rented by foreign citizens on Friday and returned on Saturday. Chief Superintendent Grímur Grímsson confirmed that such a car had been seized by the police, but declined to say who had rented it and when. Altogether, 126 cars in the country fit the description, and Grímur noted that possibly, the police may have to seize more of them. According to him, the police still have no suspect in the case.

The police assume that Birna got into a car somewhere near Laugavegur early Saturday morning and was driven toward Hafnarfjörður. That assumption is based on cell phone service information.

An extensive search for Birna has been conducted all day long. Two helicopters and drones have been used in the search, as well as a remote-controlled submarine. Beaches from Hafnarfjörður to Straumsvík have been thoroughly searched, but nothing has been found.

More than 130 rescue workers are now participating in the search for Birna, since more people joined the search in the afternoon. The focus of the search has shifted toward the Urriðaholt area.

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