Interrogations will continue tonight or tomorrow of two men, suspected in the death of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman whose body was discovered on Reykjanes peninsula yesterday. Chief Superintendent Grímur Grímsson told RÚV the suspects have not yet been informed of the discovery of the body. The men are Greenlanders in their 20s, crew members of the trawler Polar Nanoq. They are being held in isolation at Litla-Hraun prison.
Grímur states the investigation will continue full force today. Information will continue to be collected in an effort to better shed light on how Birna died. The Reykjanes District court only approved a two-week custody of the two suspects, whereas four weeks had been requested. That decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which will announce its decision today or tomorrow.
Although Grímur won’t confirm it, RÚV reports that biological samples taken from clothing found aboard Polar Nanoq were sent abroad for analysis. Grímur only confirms that blood samples taken from the red Kia Rio, rented by the suspects, turned out to be Birna’s.
The police have yet to fully map the travels of the red Kia Rio on Saturday morning, January 14, the day Birna went missing.
They believe one of the suspects to be responsible for smuggling the more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) of cannabis, found aboard the trawler. RÚV reported Saturday that the street value of the cannabis is estimated at ISK 228 million (USD 2 million, EUR 1.9 million). A third crew member of Polar Nanoq was in police custody in connection with the confiscated drugs, but he has been released, according to mbl.is.
The Icelandic police are working to solve the drug smuggling case in cooperation with authorities in Greenland. The international division of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has been in touch with Interpol regarding the investigation.