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Police Search for Naked Hiker on Mt. Esja in Iceland

Around 120 members of search and rescue teams looked for a man who was spotted hiking naked at an altitude of 600 meters on Mt. Esja outside Reykjavík around noon yesterday. He had still not been found last night and it had become very cold.

“We are naturally very worried about the man. He is there by himself and he must be freezing,” chief constable at the Capital Region Police Geir Jón Thórisson told Fréttabladid, adding that this is a very peculiar case.

Two women who were hiking on Mt. Esja at noon yesterday spotted the man at around 600 meters and notified police. They said he had not even been wearing shoes. His clothes were found at an altitude of 200 meters in the mountain slope. His car was on the parking lot at the roots of the mountain where his phone and identity cards were found.

“No one who knows him could tell us about anything unusual [about his behavior]. We don’t understand anything,” Thórisson said. The man, who is a Polish citizen, is in his twenties and has lived in Iceland for almost one year. He has no relatives in the country.

Thórisson added that everyone who knows the man only have good things to say about him. “Those who are familiar with him say that he is a sweet kid and very hard-working.” The man’s relatives in Poland were contacted and they were as surprised as the people who know him in Iceland.

When the search began yesterday, 70 to 80 people searched on foot in fog and poor visibility. Last night the skies had cleared and then a backup from search and rescue teams from south and west Iceland were called out.

At one point 120 people were searching for the man, as well as eight dogs and two helicopters. Thórisson said they would search the entire mountain and then reassess the situation. When Fréttabladid was sent to the printers late last night, police were still calling for more backup.

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