Police trying to evict a man from an apartment in central Stockholm were shocked to find his body inside, estimating that the man had died 18 months ago. Local police found the man's body after Sweden's Enforcement Agency asked for help in evicting him from his flat.
The man's bills were being paid by direct debit, and none of his friends, relatives or neighbors noticed that he had not left the house over the past year and a half. Police traced unopened mail and food products inside the house to February of last year.
"Society is getting harsher and harsher," Viktor Adolphson of the Stockholm police told the Nyheter24 news website, adding that the police do not suspect foul play.
This is the second incident of this type in Stockholm in two months time. Here's a report from May 13 of this year:
MittI newspaper reported that the man, who was in his fifties, lived alone in his tidy apartment. The police said he had no close family in Sweden. His landlord did not notice anything out of the ordinary, as his rent was paid by direct debit every month.
But when the property management company Stockholmshem decided to renovate the plumbing in the building, workers ended up making the macabre discovery. Police said the man has likely been dead since 2011, judging from the letters found in the flat.
At the time of the May incident one of that man's neighbors was quoted as saying:
"One wonders how many dead lonely people are lying around across the city."