Young tourists found murdered in popular camping spot in Morocco; witness claims they were decapitated: Report

Two young Scandinavian tourists were reportedly found dead during a vacation to Morocco.

The Calgary Sun reports that Louisa Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were on a backpacking adventure when they were found murdered in their tent in the High Atlas mountain range.

The bodies of the young women were reportedly discovered on Monday, about 7 miles from the nearest village. An unidentified witness reportedly told Morocco World News that the friends were found decapitated, but this claim does not appear to have been confirmed by authorities.

According a source who spoke to the Morocco World News, authorities have arrested three suspects in connection to the killing. All three are reportedly from Marrakech, and were camping nearby the murder scene. The report appears to be working from a local source who lives in the village of Imlil, close to where the bodies were found, and does directly cite law enforcement sources.

“The suspects were camping in the same area that the murder took place,” the source told Morocco World News, adding that “witnesses saw the group at night as they were heading to the camp area.”

The BBC reports that Moroccan authorities have confirmed one arrest, and noted that two more arrests have been reported.

The source who spoke to Morocco World News said that the victims’ belongings were not stolen, and one of the suspects may have left his ID card behind.

According to the BBC, Maren Ueland’s mother told a Norwegian news station that the young women had studied together at the University of South-Eastern Norway and traveled to Morocco for their holiday break.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.