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Major Search Planned for Tomorrow

Search for Birna Brjánsdóttir.

Rescue workers searching for Birna this week. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police department has sent a request to every regional management of rescue groups in Iceland, asking for volunteers to participate in a major search for Birna Brjánsdóttir, scheduled for tomorrow, Vísir reports. Birna has been missing since Saturday morning. Chief Superintendent Ásgeir Þór Ásgeirsson calls it one of the most extensive searches conducted in Iceland in years.

“Today, we have people ready to react if new tips come in, but the main project of today is planning an extensive search in the southwest corner of the country, which will be conducted over the weekend.”

In addition, Ásgeir noted, the Icelandic Coast Guard has offered the police to take advantage of its practice flight today. The Coast Guard helicopter will, therefore, search Reykjanes peninsula this afternoon.

Ásgeir expects several hundred rescue workers to participate in tomorrow’s search. Every available search option will be used. “What we’re focusing on this weekend is a search on land. There are dogs, four wheelers [ATVs], cars and hikers, possibly a helicopter and such; drones, too. It’s substantial; it’s for sure the largest search conducted in recent years.”

The capital area has been covered with a considerable amount of snow in recent days, but with warmer temperatures, there less snow than before. Ásgeir hopes that will help in the search effort.

Police have two men in custody, suspected in Birna’s disappearance.

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