The charred remains of a body found in the Oslo valley of Maridalen has been identified, police reported over the weekend, but they were still not revealing the victim’s name pending notification of next of kin. Newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet reported that the body was that of a white Norwegian man in his 30s.
The body was found after a fire had been reported in what’s otherwise a popular hiking and skiing area near Hammeren in Maridalen. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the body still smoldering and beyond recognition. A full autopsy report regarding cause of death won’t be available for around three months.
A 55-year-old Norwegian man who was convicted of two sensational murders within a new-Nazi movement in the 1980s was arrested near the scene of the burning body. He’d been living in a tent in the area and has been charged with murder and setting the body on fire. He has appealed a court’s custody order and denies the charges against him.