The lawyer representing the family of missing girl Marie Eleni Grimsrud has told state radio that media reports that the little girl has been found in Turkey are ‘inaccurate’ but stopped short of dismissing the claims altogether.
On Friday, Politis newspaper reported that little Marie had been found in the Turkish marina of Antalya and that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had helped in locating her after a personal favour from President Nicos Anastasiades.
The paper further claimed that Interpol Turkey was working with Interpol Norway and that the father, 49-year-old Leif Torkel Grimsrud, and daughter would soon be taken into custody.
“Such publications are irresponsible and can cause distress to the family,” said Laris Vrahimis – the lawyer representing the family.
“The family cannot confirm what has been reported but the article is inaccurate. The family is greatly concerned with what was written. The most important thing is the girl be returned back safe and sound.”
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.
Witnesses a car pulled up and two men snatched the girl, bundled her into the getaway car and vanished.
Leif Torkel Grimsrud is suspected of orchestrating the abduction and an international arrest warrant is out against him.