John Christian Elton, the mother’s legal aid attorney, tells TV2.
– Elton says that TV 2 has taken an amazing path here by conducting these investigations, which will lead to a solution to the case.
He talks about TV 2’s meeting with Kim Kui Wook, 61, a tour operator who traveled to Geeranger in August 1996 with 26 South Koreans.
For almost 30 years, Norwegian police wanted to talk to South Korean travelers. The timing of their departure from Zeeranger makes them very interesting witnesses.
– We have no authority
South Koreans pass the lookout stone where Truit Espass (20) was last seen and is believed to have disappeared around the same time.
Therefore, police are investigating whether South Korean tourists may have taken photos to reveal the killer.
John Leera, 79, a bus driver who drove the South Koreans to Geiranger as they left the small tourist village, explained in question that they used their cameras a lot.
For unclear reasons, the investigative team never received help from the South Korean police to contact the 27 witnesses.
This is the case of ESPAS
On August 8, 1996, 20-year-old Truit Espass disappeared in Giranger.
Espas was from Orkangar and had a summer job at the Union Hotel. She had been in Giranger for less than a week when she disappeared.
She was murdered 11 days later. The body was hidden under some rocks near the center of Jeeranger, 100-150 meters from where he was last seen alive.
98 percent of the people in Keiranger on the day of the murder were tourists, most of them foreigners.
The investigation into the murder was one of the most extensive in Norwegian history.
Police recorded 5,000 people in Keiranger on the day of the murder. The case was heard in 37 countries. After more than 3,000 interviews, nearly 2,000 depositions and more than 4,300 hearings, there has been no progress in the case.
14,400 images and 300 videos collected in connection with the investigation are the material of the investigation.
The information received by the police is likely to include the name of the accused.
On August 4, 2016, police asked the cold case unit to revisit Kripos.
Murder cases do not expire in Norway, and the murder is still under investigation in the Møre og Romsdal police district.
Police prosecutor Yngve Skovly, who has led the investigation since 1996, says they did what they could through their diplomatic channels.
– We have to deal with diplomatic rules. “We don’t have the authority to investigate on our own in South Korea,” Scowley said.
See you later in May
TV 2 has obtained access to the police investigation into the Truit Espas case.
The police documents contain a list of names of those who were in the South Korean tour group.
So TV2 went to Seoul and found tour operator Kim Kui Wook. He had never heard of the Truit Espas case, but contacted other tourists he had traveled with on behalf of TV2.
They have promised to look through old photo albums to see if they can find pictures from Geiranger.
When they gather at a Japanese restaurant in central Seoul in late May, TV 2 will be there.
Police prosecutor Scowley believes they have reason to believe someone has the images with them.
– This is probably a “once in a lifetime” trip for most of the party. When we have witnesses who describe taking multiple photos, it’s natural to think they took care of the photos, Scowley says.
He has been carrying grief for 27 years
Espas’ mother, Dorgan Olsen, shares the same belief.
Attorney Elton indicated that she has endured 27 years of grieving without answers about what happened to her daughter.
– We don’t know if there will be a South Korea track, but it’s obviously interesting. We believe this may be the missing piece in this case, which helps us find a solution. Elton says old murders shouldn’t go unsolved.
Police lawyer Scowley says the police are also very happy that TV2 has found the South Koreans.
– We think this is very good. We think this is a wonderful project and we hope to follow it in the future, he says.
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