Forensic scientists at Oslo University last week were able to match Artin’s DNA with that of a relative in Norway, said the lead investigator in a statement.
“This is a painstaking process, but we are pleased that we have now received confirmation that it is the missing boy who was found on Karmøy. This story is tragic, but at least it’s good to be able to give the relatives an answer,” Tjelle Waage said.
“The police have had an ongoing dialogue with the French authorities. We have always respected ongoing processes across national borders, but when it turned out that the boy’s relative in Norway had a kinship that was close enough, we chose to make an attempt to match that person’s DNA with that of the boy,” Tjelle Waage added.
French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister discussed the issue of Channel crossings on Monday ahead of the upcoming G7 summit, according to Downing Street.
“The Prime Minister and President talked about the issue of illegal migration across the English Channel,” a Downing spokesperson said in a statement.
“The Prime Minister noted ongoing cooperation to tackle small boat crossings in the Channel and raised the need for redoubled efforts to deter migrants from attempting this perilous journey following the concerning rise in incidents over recent weeks,” they added.