Chief Inspector Tero Haapala does not confirm or deny the reports in the late edition tabloid Iltalehti concerning the opening of the joint grave of the youngsters murdered at Bodom Lake in 1960. According to the paper's claims, DNA samples were taken of the victims' exhumed bones last autumn.
"All the methods of forensic science are at our disposal in this investigation", Haapala notes. "As far as revealing details of the ongoing investigation, I'm afraid our policy of limited information flow still stands."
The police have continued questioning Nils Gustafsson, held in custody on suspicion of involvement in the murders. The police also say they have some new leads.
"We've received new information on a daily basis. These new leads seem to complement what we know so far. Nothing radically new has emerged."
"We continue to accept information on the murders."
The joint grave of the murdered youngsters stands out at St. Lauri's Church cemetery just outside Helsinki. A colorful collection of spring flowers adorns the grave.
The grave, surrounded by a belt of new grass, is in good condition.
The gardeners working at the cemetery confirm that the grave has attracted numerous visitors ever since the book about the mystery of the Bodom killings written by Jorma Palo was published last spring.
Parish gardener Heimo Salmi refuses to comment on whether the grave has been recently opened.
According to a new law that became effective at the beginning of the year, permission of the provincial administrative board is required for opening graves and exhuming bodies.
Health authorities are not interested in graves that are over forty years old.