Magazine posts $5,000 reward in Swedish tourists’ murders

Investigate magazine has today posted a five thousand dollar reward for information leading to the recovery of the body of missing Swedish tourist Heidi Paakkonen.

Paakkonen vanished in early April 1989 while holidaying on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula with her fiance Urban Hoglin. She was 21, he was 23. A sex offender on the run, David Tamihere, was later convicted of their double murders although at that time no bodies had been found.

In 1991, a year after Tamihere’s conviction, the body of Hoglin was discovered lying on the ground in a forest glade near Whangamata, 73 kilometres away from where police had alleged Tamihere murdered the couple. A forensic examination revealed Hoglin had been killed at the spot where his body was found. Heidi Paakkonen has never been found.

The story, including evidence of a new suspect who later made a deathbed confession, is contained in the newly-released book “Missing Pieces”.

The latest issue of Investigate out today in print and digital formats reveals a possible new lead in finding Heidi, and details of the $5,000 reward offer.