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Icelandic Woman on the Run in the US

A 42-year-old Icelandic woman escaped from custody in Plattsburgh, New York yesterday while waiting to be called before a judge. She allegedly said she needed to use the bathroom and took off. Police have launched an extensive search for the fugitive.

City Police, State Police and Plattsburgh State University Police assisted federal agents in their search for the woman, reports.

Police blocked roads near the Clinton County Government Center and searched various areas throughout the city, also using a helicopter, but the woman wasn’t found.

The woman was taken into custody as an illegal alien and was apparently being detained for some kind of infraction when she entered the US at the Champlain border crossing. She is not believed to be dangerous.

The escaped detainee is the daughter of a well-known Icelandic musician, Magnús Thór Sigmundsson. “I just hope they’ll find her soon. It is uncomfortable not to know where she is,” Sigmundsson told

Sigmundsson explained his daughter had been living in Canada but was applying for a permit to live in the US with her American boyfriend. “I think she was trying to enter the US without permission.”

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