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Search for Missing Woman on Hold

Search for Birna Brjánsdóttir.

Rescue workers searching yesterday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Rescue teams have suspended their search for Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20-year-old Icelandic woman who has been missing since early Saturday morning. Þorsteinn Gunnarsson public relations officer for ICE-SAR, told RÚV that the decision had been made to place the teams on stand-by, and that they would go out if new clues come up in the case.

He explained that search had been completed by evening in the areas they were asked to cover yesterday. Those include Hvaleyrarlón in Hafnarfjörður, Urriðaholt, the harbor area in Hafnarfjörður and the coast of Hafnarfjörður.

The trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland, which left Hafnarfjörður harbor Saturday night, is on its way back to Iceland. RÚV reports that it has been revealed its crew members rented a red Kia Rio for the weekend, but a car of that make was caught on security cameras driving in the harbor area at 6 am on Saturday morning, or a few minutes after Birna’s cell phone was turned off.

Around midnight last night, Chief Superintendent Grímur Grímsson told RÚV that no one onboard the trawler had been arrested in connection with Birna’s disappearance. He said no one onboard had been questioned as a suspect in the case either.

RÚV reports that phone records are still being analyzed by police to find out what happened to Birna, who was last seen on security cameras on Laugavegur, downtown Reykjavík, at 5:25 am Saturday morning.

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