Man’s body was found after lying in Norway flat for nine years, say police | Norway

A man lay dead in his Oslo flat for nine years before being discovered by a caretaker in December, Norwegian police have said.

The man, who was in his 60s, had been married more than once and also had children, according to the state broadcaster NRK.

But according to neighbours he kept himself to himself and when they didn’t see him they thought he had moved or been taken to an institution. He was found only when the caretaker requested police open the apartment so he could carry out maintenance work.

Police believe the man died in April 2011, based on a carton of milk and a letter that were found in his apartment. An autopsy showed he died of natural causes.

His pension was stopped in 2018 when the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) could not get in touch with him but his bills continued to be paid automatically from his bank account.

Oslo police inspector Grete Lien Metlid told NRK she and her colleagues had thought a lot about how somebody could have lain dead for so long without being missed.

“This is a special case and it has made us ask questions about how it could happen,” she told NRK. “Based on the picture we have, he was obviously a person who chose to have little contact with others.”

Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said the man would unlikely have lain dead undiscovered for nine years if he had died 30 years ago.

The failure of new technological systems to raise red flags when someone did not make physical contact was “the price we’ve paid for digital services”, he said.

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Bourbiza Mohamed. Writer and Political Discourse Analysis.

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