Suspect arrested in Morocco over murder of two tourist women

Norwegian victim, Maren Ueland, 28, (left) Danish victim, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, (right) were hikers and found dead with cuts to their necks.

A suspect was arrested in Morocco over the murder of two Scandinavian women in the High Atlas mountains, a popular destination for tourists.

The women, Danish victim, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and Norwegian 28-year-old Maren Ueland were hikers and found dead on Monday with cuts to their necks.

They studied at a university in southern Norway and had planned to travel together for a month. Jespersen had studied to be a guide, the other studied safety. Their bodies were discovered in an isolated mountainous area 10 kilometer from the tourist village of Imlil in the High Atlas range.

The Moroccon authorities said, the suspect was arrested in the former imperial city of Marrakesh, a tourist hub, and is in custody for questioning, adding, search is being conducted for the other suspects.  

The families of the victims had warned them against going to Morocco because of the chaotic situation.

Tourism is one of the main sources of foreign currency in the country, a cornerstone of Morocco’s economy and the kingdom’s second-largest employer, after agriculture.