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NORWAY KAMBO MAN: WM, 50-60, struck by train near Kambo, Norway - 22 September 1987

Discussion in 'Europe: Missing & Unidentified' started by Romulus, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    I just stumbled across this bizar old case ,after I was searching for more information about 2 unidentified woman in Norway (Jennifer Fergate,also known as the Mystery Woman in the Plaza hotel,Oslo and the Isdal woman)
    The Kambo man seemed to share also some remarkable details as these women did -removed tags from his clothing - no ID and it did suggest that also in this case,the leads would lead to Germany...but did it?
    This is a 5 part - will it lead to his indentification?

    The Kambo Man
    For 30 years the case has been a mystery to the police. Who was the man? What did he do in this deserted place, and where did he come from?


    The sun has so far stood up when locomotive Svein Ivar Johannessen and conductor Roger Aaserud are going to roll off with the commuter train from Moss in the direction of Oslo.

    The date is September 22, 1987 and the clock has just passed eight in the morning.

    At Moss station they get signs from the conductor on the train that has arrived from Oslo.

    - The conductor made a strong sign to me that we should stop. We didn't have communication at that time. Then he said to me: Drive carefully because there is something in the railroad between Kambo and Moss.

    Svein Ivar gets conductor Roger Aaserud to sit in front of the locomotive while they are leaving. As they approach Kambo mill, they drive slowly.

    - Then I see that there is a case in the railroad. At first I thought it was a garbage bag. But when I get closer, I see that it is a human, says Svein Ivar.

    The body of the railroad
    Svein Ivar stops the train and jumps out of the locomotive. He sees that there is a body lying there. A man, maybe between 50 and 60 years old. He is lying on his stomach on the left side of the track. The right arm and foot are separated from the rest of the body. The man has ordinary clothes, and nothing else is striking with the person lying there.

    This was found on "The Cambrian"

    The man was wearing the following when he was found:

    • A gray blouse jacket / military jacket
    • A blue jeans trousers
    • A white shirt with dark thin stripes
    • Two medical support socks with three blue stripes at the top with open toe.
    • A yellow machine-knit sweater with a square pattern.
    • A white undershirt
    • A panty of the brand Elan Body
    • A handkerchief with brown stripes in a square pattern.
    • A black belt of artificial material.
    • A red Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife of the model "Climber"
    • A softpack Camel cigarette.Produced in the West for the Eastern European market.
    At this time, this place is very inaccessible outside the railway. On one side of the track is the sea and on the opposite side there is a steep slope with mountains and partly dense forest.

    Soon 30 years later, Johansen and Aaserud are back on the former railway line. Now the train goes in tunnel on this stretch, and the old railroad stage has been converted into a hiking trail.

    - It was the first thing we did and thought. What did he do here? It's not a natural place. The only thing is the sea or go in the trail. Here it was very close to train traffic, says Svein Ivar.

    Conductor Roger Aaserud returns to the passenger cars, while Svein Ivar drives the train to Kambo station to alert the police.

    All train traffic on the stretch is stopped, and at 08.50 the police arrive by train from Moss station.

    The investigator
    Investigator Helge Jodalen and a colleague from the crime department at Moss police station start investigations on the spot. They find no ID on the dead man. The strange thing is that there are no labels in the clothes that can tell anything about where the man comes from. In the pocket of the jacket, they find a Swiss Army pocket knife and an almost empty package of Camel cigarettes.

    After initial investigations at the scene, they assume that this is probably a suicide on the railway. At the end of the 1980s, there were abnormally many suicides related to train traffic in Østfold, but the vast majority occurred in connection with stations on the stretch. This place is far from the nearest station.

    The dead man is taken aboard the train and transported to Kambo station where a car takes the corpse to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Oslo where it is to be autopsy.

    The now retired policeman Helge Jodalen. We meet him at Jeløya cemetery. In the winter of 1988 he was here at a special funeral.

    - He is buried here as NN. It was as far as I remember, the priest, the church, and I who were present here during the funeral.

    In an unmarked grave lies the unknown man who was hit by the train on a September morning in 1987. There is no stone, or anything else on the spot - only a sink in the ground.

    - We first thought it was a local man. That it could be another from Norway.Possibly Scandinavia. Although we expanded our requests, we didn't get it.Eventually, they also went into the media, but no one knew the deceased, Jodalen says.

    The autopsy
    It is forensic Torleiv Ole Rognum who assists Dr. med. Bjørnar Olaisen during autopsy at the Forensic Institute (RMI) in Oslo. In addition, there is a forensic technician from Kripos who takes pictures and records objects and clothes from the dead person.

    The autopsy report concludes that the unknown man was healthy when he died. He was not influenced by alcohol nor had any traces of alcohol abuse.The cause of death is multiple injuries that are compatible with a train ride.

    He has crushing injuries to his head, scrap marks on his back, as well as the right arm and foot being cut off.Bleeding on the eyelids, as well as extensive bleeding after getting the limbs cut off, says the man was not dead until he was overrun by the train.There is little evidence of murder.

    In the autopsy report it appears that the man has probably used a denture in the upper jaw. But this is gone. Of the few characteristics that exist there are two older scars after a double hernia operation.

    The age of the man is estimated to be between 55 and 65, but the autopsy does not tell anything more about who the man is or where he comes from.

    Throughout the autumn of 1987, it becomes increasingly clear to the police that this man cannot be Norwegian. If so, someone should have reported him missing.

    Helge Jodalen and his colleagues at the crime department in Moss start investigating the only label found in the panties of the deceased. They also do thorough research on the cigarette pack that was found in the man's pocket.

    They are confirmed that the Camel cigarettes are manufactured in the West, but intended for the Eastern European market. The quality of the tobacco is worse than in cigarettes sold in the West. The cigarette package should have a label that tells where it is produced, but this does not exist. The tracks point to Eastern Europe.

    Eventually, the investigation stops and the case is transferred to the ID commission of the then Criminal Police Center (KRIPOS). A so-called "Black Notice" is sent out to the member countries of Interpol. Such a note contains images of the deceased, fingerprints of the corpse and other important information such as height and weight as well as images of some of the garments.

    There are several answers coming back from Interpol, but all are negative.No one knows who the man is, and no one has received a missing message on people who fit with the description.

    The investigators are now standing on the bar hill. Here too, the answer is negative.

    The ID commission goes into the media with a search for the man.There are several tips, including one that the man is like a person who was a German soldier in Norway during World War II. It turns out that this tip also doesn't match.

    Another tip refers to an ad in a so-called coupon sheet. A sheet where you can cut out coupons to order items. The man depicted in this ad is scary to the dead, but a right eye mole has a different location. Thus, the man in the ad cannot be "the Cambodian".
  2. Romulus

    Romulus In the earth of missing person

    New surveys
    Soon 30 years later, Åsted Norge has met several of those who were involved in this case in 1987. For all, the case is still an equally great mystery. There is one issue they have thought a lot about. Who is the man found dead on the railway line between Kambo and Moss in 1987?

    - Who is the "Cambodian", and what did he do on this deserted train stretch when he died?

    Former Kripos investigator and current Åsted Norway expert Asbjørn Hansen describes this as one of the strangest things he has been to. Asbjørn has not worked with the case earlier, but remembers it well when he was a police officer in the neighboring district Follo.

    What the man did on the spot and how he got there, and not least how he got to Norway can be important information.

    Was he a spy?
    - This happens during the Cold War. Can the man have been a secret agent?

    That is one of the questions that Åsted Norway expert Asbjørn Hansen poses in this matter. It is obvious that the man did not want to be identified since ID papers are gone and all other features have been removed.

    In the 1980s there was a NATO plant at Gylderåsen in Våler. The radar station was part of the so-called Nike system. This was a rocket defense system that was supposed to protect Oslo against rocket attacks from the Soviet Union.

    By searching the newspaper archives from this time, we find several VG and Aftenposten articles, which include this facility.

    Strange incidents involving foreign embassy cars near the military facilities, and one case of uncovering a secret camp adjacent to a power station in Eastern Norway, eventually led the chief of police to ban traffic for foreigners in the area around the Nike facilities.

    This overview shows the route which in 1987 was the train route to the Østfold track between Kambo and Moss. That's where the unknown man was found dead.

    Possible track
    One of the police theories was that the man could be a sailor, and that he came to Norway with a ship. In 1987, investigators checked with the port authorities whether there were special ships that could have a connection to this, but without finding anything special.

    Åsted Norge has made new surveys around ship calls to Kambo and Moss in the current period. The local port authorities in Moss no longer have any archives, but in an old logbook with the lost service for the Oslofjord, we find that it was only a foreign ship that arrived at Moss the relevant days.

    According to the logbook, a German cargo ship arrives at the harbor of Moss around 22 o'clock on September 20, 1987. The ship comes from the northern German port town of Rendsburg with rebar in the cargo.

    In the 10th of September 22, the ship leaves Moss again.

    It only happens two hours after the dead man is found on the track and before the police investigation begins.

    The ship sets off the pilot at Færder and continues out of the Oslofjord to an unknown destination.

    The ship's name was MS Edelgard.

    New blood discovery in 30-year-old mystery

    On a cigarette pack that has been in a bag for 30 years, the DNA expert finds possible blood traces.

    In 1987, a man was found dead on the train line between Kambo and Moss in Østfold.He has no identity papers on him and most of the labels in the clothes have been removed.

    Today, the case lies with the National ID group in Kripos.

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