UPDATE: Murder suspect arrested

East Jutland police report they have arrested man suspected of killing social worker

UPDATED, FEB 9, 11:28AM: Police in Jutland said this morning that they have arrested the man suspected of killing 46-year-old social worker Judy Meiniche Simonsen.

The suspect, Kristian Heilmann, was arrested under dramatic circumstances after leading police on a car chase. Police report that the suspect was severely injured in a crash during the chase and is now in the trauma center at Aarhus Hospital.

ORIGINAL, POSTED FEB 8, 6:58PM: A silver-grey Skoda Fabia that police were looking for in connection with the search for suspected killer Kristian Heilmann, 39, was found parked near the old city centre in Aarhus on Wednesday afternoon, police reported.

Heilmann is wanted in connection with the violent death of a 46-year-old female social worker who was employed at the Blåkærgård group home, in Viborg, where Heilmann lived.

Police would not confirm that the woman was murdered, but described the circumstances of her death as “a very serious crime”.

Heilmann and the woman were last scene leaving Blåkærgård in the group home’s Skoda Fabia, at 5:21 pm on Tuesday evening. They informed others at the home that they would be gone for an hour.

When they failed to return after an hour, personnel at Blåkærgård tried unsuccessfully to reach them on their mobile telephones.

At 9:25 pm, the manager of the residence home called police, and later in the night, using its mobile signal, police were able to locate the social workerÂ’s telephone near a lake, but not the woman.

At 10:40 on Wednesday morning, her body was found in an ice house near Viborg. Her family has been notified.

Police have been monitoring the borders and the Storebælt bridge since Wednesday morning, and at 2:38 pm on Wednesday the silver-grey Skoda Fabia was discovered parked in Aarhus.

Although Heilmann is still on the loose, police said the discovery of the car was an important step.

“Now we know where to start the investigation, where we can focus. The next step is to investigate the scene, and figure out why he drove to Aarhus, and whether he knows somebody here in the city. We are still optimistic that we can find him today,” Kurt Stenfeldt, communications specialist for the Midt- og Vestjyllands police, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper on Wednesday afternoon.

Police described Heilmann as a “known violent offender” and “dangerous” and warned people not to attempt to approach him. However, they are asking for help in finding him.

If you believe you have seen Heilmann or know something about his whereabouts, please call police on 114.

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