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Naked Hiker Found Dead on Mt. Esja

The man who was spotted hiking naked on Mt. Esja outside Reykjavík on Thursday was found dead on Friday morning. Around 120 members of search and rescue teams, eight dogs and two helicopters had searched for him since noon on Thursday.

Difficult weather conditions, sharp gusts of wind and fog, delayed their search. On Friday morning, the conditions were better and that is when employees of the Icelandic Coast Guard, who were flying one of the helicopters, spotted the man’s body in a cleft high up in the mountain, Morgunbladid reports.

Apparently, the man, who was 26 and a Polish immigrant worker, had left his work place suddenly on Thursday morning and driven to Mt. Esja. Two women spotted him at an altitude of around 600 meters at noon wearing nothing, not even shoes, and notified police.

The man’s clothes and identity cards were found further down the mountain slope and his car was on the parking lot at the roots of the mountain. He had no relatives in Iceland, where he had lived for almost one year. His colleagues had nothing but good things to say about him.

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