Norway makes international appeal to solve 46-year-old mystery

Norway has released an international notice in a new attempt to solve the mystery of the death of a woman who was found in a forest near Bergen in 1970, in a case that has mystified the country for decades.

On the morning of 29th November 1970, a woman was found dead and severely burned by a family out walking in the Isdalen valley near Bergen.

All logos and tags that could have been used to identify the body had been removed from the woman’s clothes, and a post mortem showed that she died of a combination of a medicine overdose and carbon monoxide poisoning from the flames.

Fingerprint evidence later connected two suitcases found at Bergen station to the woman, according to a new NRK documentary.

The suitcases contained sophisticated clothes, wigs and non-prescription spectacles – but no clues as to the woman’s identity.

However, a notepad with a series of codes written into it showed – once police had cracked the codes – that the woman had travelled extensively in Europe prior to arriving in Norway.

She was found to have travelled through Paris, Hamburg and Basel as well as between Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim and Bergen.

Intense press coverage of the case followed in the weeks after her discovery, including speculation that she was a spy who had been liquidated in Isdalen.

But the mystery of who she was and how she died was never solved.

Despite putting extensive resources into the investigation, the police were never able to identify the woman and no relatives ever came forward.

Witnesses that met her reported her English to be poor and she was also heard speaking Flemish and German, according to NRK. Dental analysis showed that she was not of Scandinavian origin. Witnesses who came into contact with the woman while she was in Bergen later recalled her sophisticated, smart look.

She was “other than in magazines and movies, the kind of woman we hardly ever saw,” Frank Ove Sivertsen, who worked as a bellboy at the Hotel Neptun in Bergen in 1970, told NRK.

She used at least eight identities to check into hotels in the various cities, which all turned out to be fake.

“The question was, what was she doing in those places? Why did she go there? And why did she want to conceal both her identity and travelling route by using these codes?” says Carl Halvor Aas, a police lawyer involved in the original investigation into the woman’s death in 1970, in the NRK documentary.

“It’s all a great mystery. We don’t know,” Aas continued.

Without identification, the woman eventually became known as the Isdal Woman.

She was buried in Bergen in March 1971.

Now, Norwegian police agency Kripos has sent out a new international appeal in the hope of coming closer to discovering who she was.

The police have collaborated with broadcaster NRK to put together an impression of the woman’s features using DNA evidence.

A new notice – known as a “Black Notice” - has been issued by the Kripos criminal investigation service through Interpol.

“What is new is that we have finally been able to create a DNA profile. The aim of sending it out now is that if she is reported missing and there is DNA from relatives [in the database] then we will get a match,” Kripos senior advisor Maj Nordskaug told NRK.

Recent DNA tests have also revealed that the woman was European, reports the broadcaster. Now the case is being revived in the hope of solving one of Norway’s biggest crime mysteries.

But Nordskaug, who issued the Black Notice, told NRK that it can take “a long time” for DNA matches to be found.

theIsdalenvalleynearBergen deadwomanfound
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in february
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Euronext operates stock exchanges in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Lisbon. In a statement, the operator said it had approached the board of directors of the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Bors VPS) to seek its support for a tender offer of 625 million euros for all outstanding shares in the bourse. "Euronext strongly believes that Oslo Bors VPS' unique strategic and competitive positioning, including a global leading position in seafood derivatives and...
The Abortion Act is one of the most controversial issues during the Government negotiations that started on Hadeland yesterday. NTB has talked to several who were on the «red» side in the struggle for the Christian Democrats’ choice of direction. That ended up with a «blue» victory as most are aware. Not least because of Deputy Leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad singled out that it presented a «historic opportunity» to make changes to the Abortion Act’s section 2...
A Morocco prosecutor on Sunday presented to an anti-terror judge 15 people suspected of links to the murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains, Rabat's attorney general said. The prosecution asked that the suspects be investigated for "setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts", "premeditated attacks on life" and "advocating for terrorism", the attorney general said. Seven other detainees will be referred to the prosecution in th...
Lower Norwegian King Crab quotas in 2019 The total Norwegian quota for male King Crabs has been set at 1400 tonnes for 2019. This is a decrease of 350 tonnes from 2018. The Ministry of Fisheries simultaneously warns of tighter control of the industry.   – In recent years we have had a very high degree of harvesting of King Crab. Now the researchers say that if this continues, it will lead to a collapse of the stock. That will not happen. We will continue t...
Dreary news from around the world As Christmas peace descends on those fortunate to live in a peaceful corner of Tellus, it is business as usual, out in the ”real” world. Death toll rises after an attack on Government buildings in Kabul 43 people have been killed following an attack on Government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the authorities state. At least ten people are injured. Most people killed are employees of the Ministry of Labour...
Heavy winds, avalanche and landslide hazards and slippery roads create problems in several places in Norway on Christmas day. – Drive extremely cautiously, the police urges.   Slippery roads, closed Mountain crossings and bad weather In Voss, one of several areas where, according to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), there is a considerable landslide hazard on Christmas Day, a two-cubic meter block of ice fell on the E16 at Evanger...
Since 1999, the average American has become heavier and shorter according to a state health study. By 2015, the average height Americans around the country were 175.4 centimetres, two millimetres shorter than at the start of the study in 1999. American women were also two millimetres shorter. The study also shows that American men and women have become around three kilograms heavier on average since 1999. The average American woman now weighs 77 kilograms,...
PFU believes that iTromsø, Dagsavisen and Harstad Tidende have violated good press coverage in their writing surrounding sexual harassment allegations against former Progress Party Youth (FpU) Deputy Leader, Kristian Eilertsen. The cases ended with that Eilertsen received a warning from the Progress Party’s organisation committee, without being deprived of office nor imposed with other sanctions. Eilertsen reacted to the coverage of the matter in iTromsø,...
The European Union on Tuesday published further contingency plans for a "no-deal" Brexit, piling pressure Prime Minister Theresa May by warning that Britons will lose a host of travel rights from recognition of driving licences to lower credit card fees and no mobile roaming charges. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said that, while it is working hard for a deal, it must prepare for "all outcomes" and "contingency measures in narrowly def...