Two men were originally suspected in the death of Birna Brjánsdóttir, but the one who was released on February 2 , is now gathering strength in the company of his family and girlfriend in Greenland, RÚV reports. Both he and the suspect who remains in custody were crew members of the trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland.
Birna disappeared in downtown Reykjavík on January 14 and was found dead on the shore of Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland, eight days later.
The 24-year-old man who was released spent two weeks in police custody and isolation in Iceland. He has since seen a psychologist and dreams of returning to sea onboard Polar Nanoq, according to sermitsiaq.ag, a news website in Greenland, because “he loves his job.”
The website quotes the man’s defense lawyer, Unnsteinn Örn Elvarsson, as saying that his family and girlfriend always were convinced of his innocence.
Unnsteinn stated that finding out Icelandic media had published his name and photo caused his client great distress.