In December 2020 a man was found dead in the flat he owned, in an apartment block in Oslo, Norway.
The man, who was in his 60s, had been dead for nine years, police told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
And now questions are being raised about how a man could be dead for nine years without anyone noticing.
Police who inspected the scene found a carton of milk with an expiry date of May 6 2011, as well as a letter from April 29.
They believe the man, who NRK have given the fake name Michael, died on April 29 2011 – the same day Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in Westminster Abbey in London.
The pensioner was found when a caretaker entered the apartment to complete some maintenance work.
The most curious thing about his death is that no one reported the man as missing.
The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) even stopped sending his pension in 2018 when they couldn’t get in touch with him.
Oslo Police Inspector Grete Lien Metlid told NRK: “My colleagues and people who have worked in this industry for many years have thought a lot about it.
“This is a special case, and it makes us all question how it could happen.”
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According to the autopsy, the man died from natural causes, and Lien Metlid said it’s obvious that this is a person who “has chosen to have limited contact with others”.
Not much is known about the man, but according to NRK he had been married multiple times – and had children.
But according to neighbours he was timid and not interested in talking to anyone.
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Rina Mariann Hansen, Secretary for Social Care in Oslo, told Norwegian newspaper VG: “In a big city like Oslo there are unfortunately many who live lonely lives, sometimes they choose to.
“The busy city life means we as humans find it harder to care.
“But I think we need to care more about who our neighbours are, and ask how they are. Maybe ask them how their day is going.”
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