|Dogs search for clues in young bride's disappearance|
| [30.08.2007, 10:55pm, Thu. GMT]|
|Police have been using specially trained dogs in their ongoing search for a young Vietnamese woman brought to the Bergen area as the bride of a Norwegian man. Police think she's been murdered, and were holding her husband, his brother and his parents over the weekend. Police later won court permission to incarcerate both the husband and mother-in-law of Dung Tran Larsen, age 22, who hasn't been seen since July 14. Dung and her cousin both came to Norway as the brides of two Norwegian brothers from Loddefjord in Bergen. The young women were hoping for a better life in Norway, but reality didn’t match expectations.Dung's home became a small basement apartment in the home of her husband's parents. Witnesses say her mother-in-law was the "boss" of the family, and that relations were strained.|
Dung, who acquaintances say maintained a cheerful appearance, also confided that she felt trapped in the house, and that her freedom was restricted. She had her first child within a year of arrival in Norway and gave birth to the couple's second child in June.
Her husband reported her missing on July 20, and police mounted a massive search. Their investigation later raised suspicions that her family knew more than they were telling. Her cousin was reportedly threatened by the husband's brother while she was undergoing police questioning.
Dogs trained to search for human remains reportedly reacted to at least one site as they went through the family's home and car last week. The four family members held over the weekend are all charged in the case, with her husband charged with murder. His father and brother were released, but his mother also remained in remand custody.