Frank Olsson welcomed the 150-strong crowd of civilian volunteers searching for Sigrid Giskegjerde Schjetne with open arms at Østensjø School, Tuesday.
The Manglerud Police District officer rallied and supported them, standing by known TV sports commentator Bengt Eriksen, the hundreds who have dedicated their own time hunting for the teenager who was last seen on August 4/5.
"It’s so good to see you all here. The police want to work with you. We want to offer the opportunity to get involved in this search”, said Olsson, affording a safe haven, "Skøyenåsen school will open its doors today to you all. The local council will provide hot drinks, and representatives from different departments who can give further support."
The officer was also keen to stress that he is "not a police press spokesman", rather, he is in the unique position of being able to “work with those that are here" in the daily happenings of this case.
“People have said that they are glad to see me here, I am experienced, and have encountered a lot, so I have a compassion for what is happening here now," he stated.
Olsson added that he was taking one day at a time. "I don't know how tomorrow will be. Today the civilian volunteers weresent out at 10am to the areas that they were asked to re-visit and cover. I stayed at Østensjø School to direct the civilian volunteers who arrived after the meet-up at 10am to the areas that people were searching.”
“I went to Skøyenåsen school to help out in the set up there. The principal Merete Hansen has agreed that the school will be used as a meeting point. People can come together at Skøyenåsen School if nothing is found."
At 17:30, the team of civilian volunteers returned to Østensjø school after a day of searching. Another team then took over the manhunt. Further volunteers were also expected yesterday evening in addition to the 500 who had turned up to help on Monday and yesterday morning’s 150.
According to TV commentator Bengt Eriksen, "There have been some reports in the media that she (Sigrid) has been found. We have not found her. We need to keep looking.”
The civilian search from Østensjø School has now recommenced. There has been no confirmation of new leads so far, however.
Volunteers are keeping in touch via updates on a Facebook page entitled 'Finn Sigrid Schjetne i god behold' (‘find Sigrid Schjetne safe and sound’). There are currently over 28,850 members.
Officer Frank Olsson, who teaching personnel call “the power behind getting this school open to volunteers" declared, "there is a feeling of hope here. We have to have hope."
Oslo police have set up a new line for the public to call with any information they may have. They can be contacted on 22669600.
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