A Norwegian-Russian couple with six children who lived and worked in a small community in the far northern county of Finnmark were found dead late last week in an apartment they owned in Murmansk. Police have now determined that they have “nothing criminal” to investigate further, and Norwegian authorities were calling the deaths “tragic.”
“We won’t go into detail about what happened because we know very little about that,” Frode Buarø, a community official in Neiden told state broadcaster NRK. “But we will talk with children at the school about sorrow and loss.”
Several of the couple’s children attend the local school in Neiden and child protective authorities were called in to look after them. Two of the six children were in Murmansk with their parents but reportedly were not present when the couple was found dead. The family reportedly had been visiting their Russian mother’s relatives in Murmansk last week.
The mayor of Sør-Varanger, where Neiden is located, called the deaths a “terrible tragedy” for the entire community. Neighbours couldn’t understand what happened and also called the deaths “tragic.”
The husband was a Norwegian in his 40s while his wife, originally from Murmansk, was in her 30s, police said. The cause of their deaths had not been determined pending results of autopsies.