Man Suspected of Murdering Neighbor in East Iceland

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Man Suspected of Murdering Neighbor in East Iceland

The police requested a four-week custody over a man in his twenties yesterday on suspicion of having caused the death of his neighbor in an apartment complex in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, yesterday night.

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Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Another neighbor notified the police around 8 am yesterday when he noticed the deceased lying motionless in his apartment. The police have not commented on the progress of the investigation, which is ongoing, Fréttablaðið reports.

The victim was around 60 and his neighbors describe him as a calm and gentle man. Among them is Óskar Bjartmarz, chief of police in Seyðisfjörður, who resides in Egilsstaðir. Óskar was in Reykjavík at the time of his neighbor’s death.

“He was the last person in the building I spoke with before I left. We were planning to meet upon my return because he was on the board of the residents’ association with me,” said Óskar.

Óskar added it is unclear what happened; he has not noticed anything unusual in the building lately. He pointed out that the case is not in his jurisdiction, as the investigation is the responsibility of the police in Eskifjörður.

However, other residents had called the police the evening before the man’s passing because the suspected perpetrator had harassed his neighbors, walked between apartments and demanded tobacco.

ESA