The man reported missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead on Miðnesheiði outside the security fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon yesterday. The initial news indicated that he might have been alive. Search and rescue volunteers had searched for him the entire night and for a long time, mobile phone signals indicated that he was on the move.
The man was a foreign citizen visiting his relatives in Iceland. He was 42 years old and had been troubled by a mental illness, ruv.is reports.
The man left the place where he was staying in Reykjanesbær at around 5:30 pm on Sunday. When he didn’t return, his relatives started looking for him and eventually contacted the police. An organized search was launched at 11 pm, at which point the weather was deteriorating. Conditions were difficult, stormy and rainy.
At around 1 am the man spoke with his relatives on the phone and explained that he was wet and cold but couldn’t tell them where he was exactly. A Coast Guard helicopter was called out to participate in the search. Overall, 111 people were involved.
When the man was found, paramedics were called out and they pronounced him dead on the scene. The Suðurnes Police are investigating the incident but no criminal intent is suspected.