The page of the brutal murder case followed by a cash-for-bitcoin trade last week in Oslo, Norway, is turning into a new chapter as the Interpol announced an international manhunt over the suspected.
The local police department in Oslo have issued the name and photograph of the person who is suspected to be behind of the ruthless murder of the 24-years old victim, Heikki Bjørklund Paltto. As reported earlier, the victim was known to be a young bitcoin investor, and the murder was shortly connected to the bitcoin trade that happened in person just briefly before the murder occurred last Monday.
The police has now released an international notice of a wanted person, 20-year-old Swedish citizen Makaveli Lindén, charging him with the murder and knife robbery, the Norwegian news outlet Verdens Gang reported.
According to the assumptions of the investigators, Lindén slithered through the victims window last week monday morning, aiming to rob what he thought – was an empty apartment. The robbery turned out to end in a terrific way, as the roommates of Paltto discovered his body – stabbed over 20 times.
At first, the Norwegian media reported that the local police believed the murder to be connected to the bitcoin trading of Paltto. Friends of the victim reportedly stated, that the young man had made a great amount of money form his bitcoin investments – over million kroner (€96 660.00). The assumed connection to the cryptocurrency dealings made sense, as just shortly before the murder Paltto sold a giant number of his bitcoins planning to use the money to buy his own apartment.
Grete Llen Metlid, the police inspector of the case said that the odds of Paltto being just a “random victim” is getting more stronger.
Despite his young age the suspected, Lindén, has quite colourful criminal background; sentences of minor offenses like drug abuse, robbery and threats. Last year, the suspected was sentenced to 18 months in prisons for robbery.
Interpol is calling for help from the public, as the suspected is currently on the run.
Investigators believes that Lindén went back to Sweden after committing the crime in Oslo, but speculatively has already left his country of residence.
Author: Sarah Tuuli
Photo: Verdens Gang/local police