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Autopsies Expected to Clarify Bolungarvík Couple’s Deaths

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A couple in their sixties were found dead at their home in Bolungarvík yesterday. The police suspect no foul play and are hopeful that autopsies will reveal the cause of their deaths.

Await autopsy results

As reported this morning, the Westfjords police requested assistance from the forensics department of the Metropolitan Police following a death in the town of Bolungarvík yesterday evening.

It has now been confirmed that two deaths occurred; a couple in their sixties, a man and a woman, passed away at their private residence. Their cause of death remains unknown.

In an interview with RÚV today, Helgi Jensson, Chief of the Westfjords Police, stated that the forensics team’s fieldwork was complete: “We have managed to cover the scene quite well. We do not know exactly what happened; an autopsy should clarify things.”

When asked if the police had established a time of death for the two individuals, Helgi replied in the negative: “Not precisely, no. But the autopsy will also provide a more precise time of death.”

No suspicion of foul play

Helgi also explained that the Westfjords Police had requested assistance from the forensics department of the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police because two individuals had died.

“It occasionally happens that elderly individuals die at home. If one person dies, the investigation might not be so extensive. Since this incident involved two individuals, however, it immediately raised questions. Which is why we decided to bring in the forensics team and a forensic pathologist.”

As noted by RÚV, the police investigation is ongoing and there is currently no suspicion of foul play. Helgi stressed that the police could not make any assertions until the investigation was complete.

“We hope that the autopsy will provide clarity,” Helgi stated, estimating that the autopsy would take a few days as opposed to weeks.

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