The family of Birna Brjánsdóttir received letters of condolence yesterday, both from the president of Iceland and from the crew of Polar Nanoq, RÚV reports. Birna’s body was found Sunday afternoon in Reykjanes peninsula, but she had been missing since January 14. Two crew members of the trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland are in police custody, suspected in her death.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent Birna’s family a letter of condolence and posted a statement on his Facebook page, which reads, “Words cannot alleviate the great sorrow, but the memory of Birna, this young and fair girl, who was taken away from us in the prime of youth, will forever live among the Icelandic nation.”
In his statement, Guðni especially thanked rescue teams, the police and others who took part in the search for Birna and who investigated her disappearance. “We Icelanders draw great strength from our unity and solidarity.”
The crew of Polar Nanoq issued a statement, saying, “The tragic event has touched us deeply. We, the crew members of Polar Nanoq, wish to send the family of Birna Brjánsdóttir our deepest sympathy. We hope it will be possible to shed light on the course of events as soon as possible, so that the guilty ones can be prosecuted...
Birna’s family has asked us to explain Birna’s disappearance, but we have been prohibited from communicating with others; besides, we have not known what has happened. We’re grateful for having been able to give one another support and for the support we have received from our families and our employer.”
Foreign Minister of Greenland Vittus Qujaukitsoq wrote a letter to Foreign Minister of Iceland Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson Sunday night, in which he expressed his deepest sympathy to Icelanders on behalf of the government of Greenland and all the people of Greenland.