Norwegian police announced that a male body was found in an apartment in the country’s capital, Oslo. It was determined that the unnamed man, who was in his 60s, has been dead for 9 years.
The man in question had been married more than once and had children, according to the state broadcaster NRK.
Their neighbors stated that the person found dead was usually stuck in his own way, and when they did not see him, they thought that he was moved or taken to an institution.
The incident came when the apartment clerk informed the police after he could not find anyone in the flat for building maintenance.
However, the police believe that he died in April 2011 because of a carton of milk and a letter found in the man’s flat. The autopsy showed that he died of natural causes.
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On the other hand, it was revealed that the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV) also stopped his pension in 2018 when he failed to contact the man, but his bills continued to be paid automatically from his bank account.
Oslo police inspector Grete Lien Metlid said he and his colleagues had long discussions about how someone could stay dead for so long without anyone noticing.
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“This was a special situation and it got us to ask questions about how it could happen. According to the picture we have, clearly he was someone who chose to communicate very little with others,” said Metlid.
Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said that if the man had died 30 years ago, his death would not have been discovered for 9 years. Krokan argued that the situation was a result of new technology systems reducing physical contact between members of society.
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