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Two Swedish Women Found Murdered On Inca Trail

October 31, 1988

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) _ Two Swedish tourists who had been stabbed and shot to death were found at the bottom of a cliff on an Inca trail in the Andes, the Swedish Consulate said today.

Bertha Arduz, the Swedish consul in La Paz, identified the victims as Helene Larsdotter-Liedegren, 23, and Barbro Schwang, 20.

She said the bodies of the two women were found by a farmer Saturday. Police believe the two were killed a week ago.

The trail the women were on crosses the Andes from an area east of La Paz to the Yungas region. Because of the rugged terrain, police said they were having problems retrieving the bodies.

Police found a sleeping bag with a diary and documents belonging to the two Swedes near the cliff where the bodies were found.

Arduz said the Swedes were experienced travelers who planned on crossing the Amazon River basin after leaving Bolivia.

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