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Little Marie ‘found in Turkey’ with father

Media reports stated on Friday that little Marie Eleni Grimsrud – who has been missing since being snatched by her father back in April – is currently on a boat at the Antalya marina in Turkey.

The reports in Politis newspaper on Friday also claimed that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu helped to locate the girl – who had been the centre of a nationwide search throughout Cyprus when news broke.

The reports have, meanwhile, been described as ‘inaccurate’ by the lawyer representing the family during an interview with state radio on Friday morning.

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.

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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Grimsrud and Ioannou had been locked in a fierce custody battle over Marie.

The same reports claim that Cavusoglu offered to help after being informed about the abduction by President Nicos Anastasiades during the recent failed peace talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

In fact, one of the meetings during the conference was delayed by around 45 minutes because Anastasiades and Cavusoglu were discussing the issue of Marie. Television cameras had later captured Cyprus Government Spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides handing Cavusoglu a dossier – which later turned out to be the case file on the missing girl, according to the same media reports.

Marie and her father have been under police surveillance for the last few days.

Due to the non-existent diplomatic relations between Turkey and Cyprus, Interpol Turkey are working closely with Interpol Norway on the case.

A police source in Cyprus says the investigation is on the right track.

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