Mystery surrounds dead man found in pipe

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Like a scene right out of a Nordic crime novel or film, construction work at the site of Oslo’s new Munch Museum came to an abrupt halt late this week when a crane operator hoisting a pipe spotted a body inside it. Police still hadn’t been able to establish an identity two days later.

The pipe was meant to be part of the foundation at the new Munch Museum due to rise on Oslo’s eastern waterfront at Bjørvika. The pipe was only around 70 centimeters in diameter but stuffed inside was what police described as the “mostly naked” body of a man, with little clothing and no ID.

Nor have police been able to determine how long he’d been dead. News bureau NTB reported on Saturday that police weren’t yet describing their probe as a murder investigation, suggesting possible suicide or even an accident, if the man for some reason had crawled into the pipe then couldn’t get out.

Results of an autopsy performed on Friday, a day after the body was found, were pending and police said the body had no clear connections to anyone reported missing.

It took police and emergency crews quite a while to extract the body from the pipe after it was found around noon on Thursday, without disturbing possible technical evidence.

newsinenglish.no staff