Meng had gone missing on July 10th after a night out on the town in Slagelse with her friends. Her disappearance led to a months-long search that reached its tragic end on Saturday when a body was found at a lake in Borup, some 60 kilometres from Korsør Station, where Meng was last seen.
By Sunday evening, police had confirmed that the body was identified as Meng and that there is evidence to indicate that she had been subjected to a crime before her body was brought to the lake.
“We now have a new point of departure in our investigation. We know that a criminal offence has been committed,” police inspector Søren Ravn-Nielsen said at a Sunday press briefing.
After more than five months of uncertainty, Slagelse Mayor Stén Knuth said that although the discovery of Meng's body was horrible, it can at least hopefully offer her family a sense of closure.
“It gives a bit of peace to know that at least she isn't in a basement somewhere suffering,” he told broadcaster DR.
Knuth was one of around 300 people to attend a memorial at Korsør Station in Meng's honour on Monday. A torchlight procession from the station to Skt Povls Church will follow on Thursday.
After the announcement that Meng's body had been found, police said they received nearly 80 new tip-offs from the public.
“There have been calls about people, vehicles and other suspicious things. None of the tip-offs have led to a breakthrough at this point,” Kim Kliver of Southern Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police told DR on Tuesday.
Around 300 people paid their respects to Emilie Meng in Korsør on Monday. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix