A man found unconscious in East Reykjavík last weekend, and later declared dead at the hospital, is now believed to have been murdered, Vísir reports. The woman arrested at the scene is suspected of having caused his death.
Autopsy sheds light on likely cause of death
Ævar Pálmi Pálmason, Assistant Chief Superintendent at the Central Investigation Department of the Capital Area Police, suggests that all signs point to the likelihood that the man who was discovered unconscious in East Reykjavík last weekend was murdered, Vísir reports. The woman arrested at the scene of the incident is now suspected of having caused his death.
The man, who was in his sixties, was found unconscious in an apartment building in Bátavogur on Saturday, September 23. The police were notified about the man and attempted resuscitation, but he was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. “In the beginning, it was very unclear in what manner the man had died, but now there are indications that he was murdered,” Ævar stated in an interview with Vísir. He added that an autopsy now suggests foul play.
As noted by DV, the woman who was arrested on the scene of the incident was initially placed into custody based on investigative interests; but the police now believe that she was responsible for the man’s death. The woman was registered as residing at the home, and the man also appears to have stayed there.
According to RÚV, the man had injuries on his neck and also significant injuries to his genitals, although Ævar Pálmi refused to comment on the nature of the man’s wounds nor on what was believed to have been the cause of his death. Ævar did confirm, however, that a dead dog had been found inside the apartment. “One of the things that needs to be investigated is whether and in what way this dead dog is related to the case.”
As noted by Vísir, the current custody order expires tomorrow. When asked whether further custody of the woman would be sought, Ævar told Vísir that it would be revealed tomorrow. “There is much work to be done in this case, much data to collect, and many reports to take. We are fully engaged in investigating this case,” he concluded.