Family found dead in camping van

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A family of four from Fredrikstad in southern Norway was found dead inside their camping van, which was parked near the Ekeberg campground in Oslo. Police believe they were victims of a gas leak inside the vehicle.

A patrol car from the Oslo Police District approached the camping van Monday morning, ready to cite its occupants for illegal camping since it was parked between a children’s park and a school, near but not in the popular camping ground at Ekeberg.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that when police knocked on the door there was no answer so they peered in the windows of the Norwegian-registered vehicle. Inside they could see lifeless bodies.

The victims are a mother and father from Fredrikstad and their two teenage children.

“This appears to be an accident,” investigator Morten Wiik told NRK. “There are four dead, and forensic medicine specialists are on the scene.” Police wouldn’t give an official cause of death until an autopsy was completed.

Police Sergeant Grete Lien Metlid said police had no reason to believe the deaths were caused by anything but “a tragic accident.” There reportedly were no signs of foul play.

A pastor from Norway’s state church and a crisis team mobilized to help relatives of the victims.

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