Gabriel, 13, died after Stockholm tunnel tour

The teenage boy found dead at the bottom of a ventilation shaft by Slussen in central Stockholm on Thursday paid 200 kronor ($28) for a clandestine "tunnel tour" and it is now suspected that he was abandoned by his guide, according to a report in the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“I just hope that the police get a hold of him. This boy seems to have this as a business idea,” said Gabriel Erlandsson’s mother Ulrika, to the newspaper.

The boy, who like all school children in Stockholm was enjoying a week off for half-term, left the family home in northern Stockholm on Wednesday to head into the city.

Gabriel had received 200 kronor from his mother, saying that he was heading to Slussen to play Laserdome, the newspaper reports.

But the teenager is thought to have handed over the money to another boy, named only as “Jean” by Aftonbladet, who was known to offer unauthorised tours of the myriad network of tunnels and shafts under the Stockholm traffic junction of Slussen.

When Gabriel did not return home on Wednesday evening the family became concerned and called the police. Thirty-six hours after leaving the family’s Vallentuna home the boy was found by police climbers lifeless at the bottom of the 30 metre deep ventilation shaft.

The newspaper writes that the family has now begun to suspect that Gabriel was interested in a sub-culture known as “Urban Exploring”, which attracts thousands of Swedes to places off limits to the general public – such as tunnels, disused factories and abandoned houses.

The place where Gabriel was found is reported to have been given the name “Tariq’s Temple” after the film director and graffiti artist Tariq Saleh.

“When you are young you think that you are invincible but I just want to underline, do not go down into the metro system. It is not worth risking your life for,” the director said to the newspaper after hearing of the teenager’s tragic death.

Police climbers found Gabriel’s body at around 10pm on Wednesday. They also found an abandoned rucksack which is suspected to belong to his guide, the newspaper reports.


Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death

A man lay dead in his flat for nine years before being discovered in December, police in Oslo have said.

Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death
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The man, who was in his sixties, had been married more than once and also had children, national broadcaster NRK reports.

His name has been kept anonymous. According to neighbours he liked to keep to himself and when they didn’t see him, they thought he had moved or been taken to assisted living.

“Based on the details we have, it is obviously a person who has chosen to have little contact with others,” Grethe Lien Metild, chief of Oslo Police District, told NRK.

His body was discovered when a caretaker for the building he was living in requested police open the apartment so he could carry out his work.

“We have thought it about a lot, my colleagues and people who have worked with this for many years. This is a special case, and it makes us ask questions about how it could happen,” Metild said.

Police believe the man died in April 2011, based on a carton of milk and a letter that were found in his apartment. An autopsy has shown he died of natural causes.

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His pension was suspended in 2018 when the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) could not get in touch with him, but his bills were still paid out of his bank account and suspended pension fund.

Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said the man’s death would have unlikely gone unnoticed for so long if he had died 30 years ago.

“In a way, it is the price we have paid to get digital services,” he said to NRK.

Last year 27 people were found in Oslo, Asker or Bærum seven days or more after dying. The year before the number was 32 people. Of these, one was dead for almost seven months before being discovered.