Mystery deepens around missing men

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Three young Norwegian men remained missing on Greenland Tuesday morning, and the discovery of a body Monday in the river where they’d been fishing hadn’t answered many questions. Now the authorities are considering calling off their search.

The three men, all from Rogaland in western Norway, set off on a fishing trip around Greenland’s southwestern coast last week and had said they’d be spending their time in Paradisdalen near Søndre Strømfjord.

They failed, however, to turn up at an agreed-upon location where they were supposed to be picked up by helicopter on Friday. They were declared missing on Saturday and local authorities have been searching for them ever since.

On Monday evening the body of a man was found dead in a river in Paradisdalen, but police couldn’t confirm whether it was the body of one of the three missing men. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) also reported that three backpacks belonging to the missing men were found earlier in the day.

Police on Greenland reported that they have searched the area thoroughly, both Sunday and Monday, and told newspaper Stavanger Aftenbladet that it’s now “improbable” they would find the men alive.

“We are now considering whether we will declare the search over,” Farde Olsen, of the police station at Søndre Strømfjord (Kangerlussuaq) told Aftenbladet.no.

The three missing men were identified as Tormod Aniksdal, age 24; Magnar Haarr, age 24; and Jonas Reiestad, age 31, all from Hå township at Jæren, south of Stavanger.

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