Police in Oslo have been releasing more details about a fatal stabbing on Monday that they say has turned into a “very serious case.” Preliminary autopsy reports show the victim was stabbed more than 20 times in his own home during what police think was an attempted burglary that went very wrong.
The victim has been identified as a 24-year-old man from Mysen in Østfold County, south of Oslo, who was living in a ground-floor apartment in Oslo’s Majorstua district with other roommates. Police are working on one theory that the assailant broke into the apartment through a window that also was often used by the apartment’s residents as an entryway.
“We are concentrating on it and other entry points,” police spokeswoman Grete Metlid told state broadcaster NRK on Thursday. TV2, meanwhile, has reported that the victim was known to have an unusual amount of cash in the apartment, reportedly proceeds from a sale of the digital currency known as bitcoins. Metlid declined to speculate and claimed police did not yet have “details of things that were lying in the home.”
The young man’s body was discovered by one of his roommates around lunchtime on Monday,just a few hours after a man going to work nearby was held up at knifepoint. It remains unclear whether there’s any connection between the knife attacks.
Roommates, family and members of Mysen’s football team were in mourning, according to the family’s lawyer Peder Morset. “They’re going through a terrible time,” Morset told NRK. “They have gathered together, they’re trying to comfort one another. They’re going through the worst thing that can happen to parents.”
Police still had no suspects as of Thursday and continued to call for tips from the public.