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Police Investigate Death At National Hospital

By Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir

A recent death at the National University Hospital is under police investigation, RÚV reports. A woman in her fifties is in custody after a woman in her fifties died in one of the hospital’s wards this month. It is believed her death occurred under suspicious circumstances.

The Police issued a statement on Saturday, stating that on Wednesday, a woman was sentenced to custody on the grounds of research interest. The research is going well, according to the statement.

Superintendent Margeir Sveinsson with the Central Investigative Department would not comment if the case is being investigated as manslaughter with or without intent but told RÚV that the police is investigating the case from all angles. An autopsy has been performed but the results are not ready. He would not comment further on the investigation.

According to RÚV’s sources, the woman was a patient with the National Hospital’s mental ward when she died and the woman in custody was working on the ward. The sources claim that the woman suffocated and that it happened during mealtime.

A notice from the National Hospital stated that the national hospital informed the police and the Directorate of Health of an unexpected death. As the case is currently under investigation, neither staff nor the hospital’s administrators will comment or confirm information relating to the death.

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