- Swedish Girl Assaulted And Held Captive Disappears
By Raisa Wickrematunge
Family members of a Swedish girl claim that she has vanished without trace from the beach town of Mirissa, where she was staying. What’s more, they say that she was assaulted at least once and held captive in a house.
Twenty eight year old Marie Jonsson Sillén last contacted her family on the social networking site Facebook saying she had escaped from the house with a friend. She said that she was going to the police for help and would then fly back to Sweden. However, her family now suspects the message was not written by her. She has not been heard from since.
Marie Jonsson arrived in Sri Lanka on February 28. She was expected to return to Sweden on March 14. On March 12, Jonsson sent the disturbing Facebook message and has not been heard of since. Subsequent emails from family members said Marie was last seen on March 12, in the company of a middle aged Sri Lankan woman and a Caucasian, possibly British male. Family members said they heard she had left with the couple to Galle.
Her aunt, Karolina, wrote in an email, “Right now we don’t know where she is. She sent out a message on her Facebook yesterday morning. We know this: she’s been locked up in a house against her will, beaten up and find [sic] a way out of there.”
Marie’s sister Ebba said her sibling had become romantically involved with one of the hotel workers in Mirissa. She added that the owner of a hotel had hit Marie and a friend with a baseball bat and had held a gun to Marie’s head. “She then decided to go with a local middle aged woman and her husband who is European,” the sister said.
Among the places Marie frequented was a hotel/restaurant called Café Mirissa. Although family members were uncertain, they believe it was the owner of this establishment who assaulted Marie.
Ebba added that a man had approached a girl who had met Marie on the plane. The man, presumably a hotel owner, said that Marie “gave his workers drugs”. Both Ebba and her aunt admitted that Marie “has problems with alcohol and drugs”.
Be that as it may, Marie is still missing. A reliable source who is helping in the search on condition of anonymity told The Sunday Leader that Marie had been staying at Ocean Moon, a resthouse in Mirissa. The source had also run a cross check using Marie’s passport number, which showed that she has not left the country to date. A worker at Ocean Moon said that Marie Jonsson did indeed stay at the resthouse some time last week. She had been staying with another foreign girl who looked the same age as her, the man said. The two had stayed around two days and then left. “This beach is very small, so sometimes we see our guests, even those who leave the resthouse, if they are staying close by. But we haven’t seen her for about eight or nine days at least,” the man said.
Ebba described Marie as being about 170 centimeters tall, with long brown hair and ‘blue-green-grey’ eyes. She has tattoos of a four leaf clover and text in Thai on her lower back. She also has lightning bolt tattoos around her belly-button. To date, it has been more than a week since Marie went missing. Her family members continue to plead for assistance and information on her whereabouts. That information has not been forthcoming.
Please call or fax The Sunday Leader on 0114977218 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Marie.