Body found in Barents still a mystery

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A preliminary autopsy report indicates that a decaying human body found in a Norwegian trawler’s fishing nets in the Arctic last week was a man between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the Troms Police District. His identity remains unknown.

“We have secured DNA and fingerprints,” inspector Ståle Luther told state broadcaster NRK. He said the man was apparently around 180cm tall and his clothing indicates he was a fisherman, but his nationality was unclear.

He was found by a shrimp trawler in international waters southeast of Svalbard. Norwegian authorities had no reports of any missing persons in the area or at sea so the case remains a mystery. It was unclear when a final autopsy report would be available. staff