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Police suspect suicide in missing Dane case

Hopes of finding missing Danish student Olivia Ostergaard alive were dealt a blow after Zug cantonal police said there is mounting evidence that she committed suicide.

Police suspect suicide in missing Dane case
Olivia Ostergaard: hopes fade. Photo: Zug cantonal police

Ostergaard, 20, has not been seen since she left her apartment in the city of Zug on the morning of March 26th, when she was apparently planning to travel to the University of Zurich.

Cantonal police did not provide detailed reasons why they suspect she killed herself.

But Danish news site BT reported that the uncle of the woman was informed by police that a witness saw her walking along the shoreline of Lake Zug on the day of her disappearance. 

Police have not confirmed this information.

But 15 police divers from all over Switzerland searched the lake on Thursday for the Dane, who was known in Zurich as a part-time model.

The search is set to continue on Friday with Zurich cantonal police specialists who plan to use an underwater camera to probe the lake bottom. 

The hypothesis of suicide emerges after an extensive search of the Zug area and its two lakes with a helicopter, boats and dog tracking teams.

Police say they have checked Ostergaard’s mobile phone and bank records without gaining any clues as to her activity since she was reported missing last Wednesday.

The force came under criticism for not checking surveillance camera videotape from the Zug train station in a timely enough manner.

Swiss Federal Railways routinely erases videos 72 hours after they are taken and police did not put in a request to view footage until it was too late.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, cantonal police said an internal investigation was under way into why that happened.

But police insisted that not a single witness had reported seeing Ostergaard in a bus, in a train or at the Zug train station.

Searches by family and friends around Ostergaard’s home also failed to turn up any evidence.

Anyone with possible information is asked to telephone 041 728 41 41.

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From Brexit to beards – what the Swiss googled most

It’s been a year dominated by major world events like Brexit and the US election, but in 2016 the Swiss were most interested in football – at least when it came to Google searches.

From Brexit to beards – what the Swiss googled most
Euro 2016 was the top search item. Photo: UEFA

According to the search engine’s annual year-end list released on Wednesday, the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament was the year’s biggest trending search term in Switzerland.

Next came the new iPhone 7, followed by the smartphone game Pokémon Go.

International events were still uppermost in the minds of many Swiss, with searches on Brexit and Donald Trump coming fourth and fifth in the list of most searched words. 

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International events were still uppermost in the minds of many Swiss, with searches on Brexit and Donald Trump coming fourth and fifth in the list of most searched words.

Brexit and Trump also topped the list of 2016 scandals and things to get excited about, with Hillary Clinton coming in fourth.

Swiss were also concerned about what was happening in their own country.

Number five in this category was the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) implementation initiative on the deportation of criminal foreigners, which was voted on and rejected in February.

Less serious topics also featured strongly in the search lists.

‘How do I make my beard grow evenly,’ was a regularly asked question, presumably among Swiss hipsters.

And in a country of chocolate lovers, it was perhaps not surprising that “how do I make milk chocolate out of dark chocolate” came in at number three in the ‘how to’ list.

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