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Cyprus police confirm Marie Eleni sighting

Police in Cyprus have confirmed reports that abducted four-year-old Marie Eleni Grimsrud is currently with her father on a boat at the Antalya marina in Turkey according to ‘Politis’.

Four-year-old Marie was abducted on April 27 as her mother, 43-year-old Greek Cypriot Lena Ioannou, was dropping her off at nursery in Nicosia.

The girl’s father, 49-year-old Leif Torkel Grimsrud, is suspected of orchestrating the abduction and an international arrest warrant is out against him.

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Investigators in Cyprus have indicated that it is now up to the Turkish authorities to put an end to the case.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed that the police had received information that Grimsrud and Marie Eleni had been spotted.

He went on to say that police in Cyprus were in contact with Norwegian investigators through Interpol and Eurojust as there is no contact between Interpol Turkey and the Cypriot authorities.

President Nicos Anastasiades who is believed to have informed the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of the case did not make any comments when questioned over the matter.

“The more said, the more difficult it will be for the parents to find their child. At some point, despite the exposure we want to give to the story, we should be a little more careful,” said the president.

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