At this morning’s 10am start in the search for missing 16-year-old Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne, Bengt Eriksen stood again in front of crowd of over 100 volunteers asking them to search in the Lutvann area. Extra people have been asked to join the operation.
The volunteers were divided into two teams to search. They were given yellow reflex vests and protein bars before they set off.
A rescue helicopter flew and hovered over Østensjø school and the Østensjø lake over the road from the school at 10.30, just as the civilian volunteers set off.
Bengt Eriksen summarised the routine to the volunteers, saying, "We will meet here [at Østenjø schoo]l) at 10am. We return here at 17.30. That's the day. There have been reports that we also meet at 17.30. This is not the case.”
There is also a Facebook page 'Finn Sigrid Schjetne i god behold' (‘find Sigrid Schjetne safe and sound’), and we have someone going through the page as an administrator to make sure that information for civilian volunteers wanting to search is correct."
Poster of Sigrid
Norwegian police/Facebook groupOn what is now day four of the hunt, Eriksen declared that, "If you see something in someone's garden and you want to search then do it. We don't have time to wait for people to have a coffee break. Sigrid doesn't have time."
“Sigrid may have had some black sunglasses with her. They were fake Ray Bans. If you find anything, call us."
The school of Skøyenåsen was open this morning for civilian volunteers, and all people, including youngsters at the school that know Sigrid.
"There are 470 students and 30 teachers that work at this school”, said school nurse Oddveig Vollan, adding that, "many local people were here yesterday evening to come together and talk."
The service provided by the local council’s health service team, specialist teachers, and many others is all done voluntarily. Local shops, Rimi Oppsall, Rema Ulsrud in collaboration with Wasa, and Co-op mega in Bøler, are sponsoring them with food and drink. Peppe’s is also providing lots of pizzas.
Marius Widen Andersen, Operative Leader for the Red Cross said "we have called in help from the eastern regions of Norway: Østfold, Oslo, Akershus, Vestfold, Telemark and Buskerud. We need help as it is a large area to search through. We see a need to get hold of extra resources, and have been in contact with our division in Hedmark and Oppland municipalities to aid further in the search in the forests there."
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