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Vantaa postal worker killing: Police release initial suspect, eyewitness steps forward

The eyewitness told police about seeing a person wearing black clothes near the scene of the attack.

Memorial candles near the scene of the deadly attack in Vantaa's Myyrmäki district, file photo. Image: Kristiina Lehto / Yle

A man who police suspected of involvement in a fatal attack on a female postal worker in Vantaa earlier this month has been released from remand custody, police in Eastern Uusimaa have said.

Police said in a statement issued over the weekend that the man was released because the conditions to continue detaining him were no longer met.

Suspicion of the man in the case is "minimal," Detective Inspector Tero Tyynelä told Yle on Saturday, adding that police will continue to investigate the events of that night, including the released man's possible involvement.

The postal worker was violently attacked in the early hours of 17 November as she was delivering newspapers and succumbed to her injuries a couple of days later.

Witness comes forward

An eyewitness told police about seeing a person wearing black clothes near the scene of the attack, at Myyrmäentie 6.

That eyewitness responded to a request from police for a person seen at an adjacent rubbish shed around the time of the assault to report to authorities.

"That person has been contacted and was heard as a witness in the case. He says he saw a person in the yard, dressed in black," Tyynelä said.

In an announcement issued on Monday after interviewing the new witness, police again asked members of the public to offer observations and tips about the case.

"We still hope that citizens will pass on observations and information to the police at a low threshold that may be related to this serious crime," Tyynelä said in the statement.

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