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Dead Ski World Cup man was on geocaching trip

The Local · 26 Feb 2015, 17:10

Published: 26 Feb 2015 16:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Feb 2015 17:10 GMT+01:00

After the body of the man in his mid-50s was discovered under a bridge in Falun, a murder investigation was launched in the town which is currently swarming with thousands of winter sports fans who have travelled there to watch the Ski World Cup.
 
Police in central Sweden initially told The Local that it was "certainly a possibility" that the victim was among the visiting spectators.
 
But on Thursday they issued a press release revealing he had in fact been 'geocaching', a type of scavenger hunt where participants use mobile phones or other digital devices to hide and seek containers called "geocaches" or "caches" using GPS coordinates.
 
Easier 'geocoaching' trips can involve a local stroll, while harder events may include climbing mountains or swimming to remote locations. 
 
"It was an accident with a tragic end," read the statement from Dalarna police.
 
"The investigation has shown that the probable cause of the accident is that the deceased engaged in so-called 'geocoaching' on the spot...He probably fell from the bridge during the search," it said.
 
Police said that the man's relatives had confirmed that he was a fan of the passtime. But they added that they had not completely closed their criminal investigation and were still awaiting the result of an autopsy on his body.
 
Anders Rosqvist who is chairman of Sweden's main group geocaching enthusuasts told the Aftonbladet newspaper: "What has happened is really tragic...It is not so common for there to be accidents related to geocaching. Of course they happen if someone sprains an ankle or hand. But I only know of one serious accident on the west coast, a few years ago. The person did not have the proper equipment and fell down and died."
 
The twelve day long Ski World Cup is continuing in Falon. The competition includes cross-country skiing, ski jumping, combined and team events.
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One of Sweden's biggest stars Charlotte Kalla won gold in the 10km individual ladies' race earlier in the week and on Thursday, Stina Nilsson swung a silver medal for the host country in the women's relay. 
 
Johan Olsson, won gold in the men's 15km freestyle race on Wednesday.
 

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