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Man Dead For Nine Years In His Flat Before His Body Was Found

After being discovered by a caretaker nine years after his death, the Norwegian police investigated. The man was found when the caretaker requested that the police open the apartment so he could do maintenance work. The police believe that the man died in 2011, and an autopsy showed that 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.

Image via The Guardian 

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Just start form the folloing preassumptions: Just expect that aperson has no childs and relatives or that the relatives of first, second or third grade are all dead. Espect that the peer group of this person moved away or to a retirement castle or just died before him... The last of his peer group, and in case there is some kind of trouble with the neighbours, they won't miss him too, or may event be happy not to meet him... And firally he dies... nobody knows and nobody cares... But as he is dead too, i presume he won't care either..
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It makes you realise how important community is. As someone with no family, who is self employed and works from home this could easily happen to me. Fortunately, my local community is great and I'm sure someone would notice (and act) if I hadn't been seen for a few days. I guess that's one of the benefits of the burbs
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Bet we'll be seeing more cases like this in the future. I already told my neighbor that if she doesn't hear from me for 2 or 3 weeks, to call the cops and break into my house. I don't want my corpse to be discovered 9 years later by accident.
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