It is now about five days since Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne went missing. Bengt Eriksen has stood in front of a crowd of civilian volunteers at Østensjø School every day this week inspiring them and asking them to search.
Commenting on the police statement announcing an altering of their search, he said to The Foreigner, "Police have moved some of their resources from one area to another. They are investigating all the "tips" that they have received and all the information they have. Many, many people have called them.”
He told the some 100-strong crowd today "come closer, come in together. The need for us to search is even greater."
"If any of you thought that today would be easier because a few days have gone by then you thought wrong. We will search for Sigrid," he added.
Bengt is one of a team of men that organise and administer the area civilian volunteers will be searched. The small team rotates on a shift-like basis to ensure they keep alert.
Trond Nyhus led the group of civilian volunteers to Langerud today.
"We'll all meet at Langerud skyehjem (a care home for the elderly). Those of you who have a car stand on the left, those who don't on the right. If you have a car and space in it, take someone who doesn't have a car.”
“We will divide up into smaller groups when we get to Langerud. You will get more instructions there."
Stressing the importance of going over searched ground again, te continued, "the point is to search and find. If we find something then we find a clue/a trace so that the police can go after it. If we don't find anything then we can cross it off the list. We have been to Langerud before."
Volunteers were out searching in the rivers, Wednesday evening. Stig Schibbye, a professional driver said, "we asked them [the police] to let us try this [diving]. Other ways have also been tried."
Police have confirmed that the PST (Police Security Service) is now involved in the investigation. Officers reiterated that they would like to hear from anyone who saw a car that was on Låveveien on Saturday evening/Sunday morning.
Members of the public can ring them on: 22 66 96 00.
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