The missing Norwegian biathlete Eivind Sporaland has been sought for months. Now the body of the 22-year-old has apparently been found.
Lillehammer – Norwegian biathlete Eivind Sporaland had been missing since March 19. The 22-year-old spoke with his father and then left the house in Lillehammer. Subsequently, every trace is lost. Search operations by the police, friends and family of the missing person were unsuccessful. Only cars and smartphones from Sporaland were found.
Biathlon talent Sporaland has disappeared since mid-March
"In cases like this, when people just disappear, it's very hard to find the motive for it. This has been quite unclear since the beginning. We are not looking for a deceased person. However, we regularly assess whether we should do so. But for that we would need a specific area that we can search," said the responsible official Ragnhild Ouren recently to the Norwegian TV station TV2.
Until the end, the parents had not given up hope of finding their son alive. "We have no other choice. As long as we don't have clarity, we cling to the hope that still exists. He is used to life in nature and we think that he might have come a long way. We hope that people will pay attention and speak up when they see something. The police are dependent on clues. Our greatest wish is to find him," Eivind Sporaland's parents said in an interview with Norwegian newspaper Gudbrandsdolen Dagningen.
Eivind Sporaland is apparently dead. © IMAGO/Javad Parsa
However, the local authorities have now discovered a body in the area where the missing biathlete was last suspected, which corresponds to the description of the person described. According to the police, all circumstantial evidence indicates that the body found is from Sporaland.
Biathlon talent Sporaland apparently dead
"We can't say for sure that it's Eivind Sporaland before we've done the autopsy. But we have every reason to believe that he is," Ouren told Norwegian daily Dagbladet.
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Fancy a voyage of discovery?
A hiker who was traveling in the Balbergkampen area spotted something blue on the ground – the missing Sporaland was wearing a blue jacket on the day of his disappearance. The man shared his observations with the authorities, who subsequently found the body in the rugged terrain. "Shortly after the tip was received, we found a dead person wearing a blue jacket and red shoes," confirmed. Ouren. According to the Commissioner, there are currently no indications of a violent crime. (smr)