Isdal Woman Day has been invented to provide us with a day so that we can pay tribute to and remember those who have died in disputed circumstances or mysteriously, especially people who have died in circumstances that have meant that their remains have not been able to be identified. This means that their fates are unknown.
Of course, dealing with the death of a loved one can be traumatic and incredibly upsetting. This is only made worse when you don’t know what has happened to the person you love. On this date, we spare a thought and pay tribute to all of the people who have died in mysterious circumstances, as well as their family members and loved ones who have been impacted by this.
History Of Isdal Woman Day
The reason why Isdal Woman Day takes place on this date is that it has been chosen to mark the anniversary of the discovery of the remains of a person who was found in 1970, in Norway, close to Bergen. This individual would become known as Isdal Woman. Before we tell you more about Isdal Woman Day, we will tell you more about what happened in 1970 when an unknown body was found in Norway, leading to this day being created.
Today, the case of the Isdal Woman is one of the most famous Cold War mysteries in the history of Norway. On the afternoon of the 29th of November in 1970, a man was hiking the foothills of the Ulriken north face with his two young daughters. This is an area that is known as Isdalen, which means Ice Valley.
It has also been called Death Valley in reference to the number of suicides that occurred here during the Middle Ages, and in more recent times, the hiking accidents. While they were working, they noticed a smell, which appeared to be something burning. One of the two young girls then found the charred body of a female, which was situated amongst some scree. Shocked and scared by this discovery, the father and his two daughters returned to town and notified the police.
A full-scale investigation was quickly launched by the police. They noticed that the woman had a supine position, with her hands clenched up by her stomach. They also noticed that there were no campfires in close proximity. Her clothes and the front of body had been burned severely, leaving her unrecognizable. Next to the body, they found a number of other items.
This included a ring, two earrings, a watch, a matchbox, a purse, nylon stockings, a woolen jumper, a plastic passport container, and a number of other items, including St. Hallvard likør, which is a low-cost liqueur, and two water bottles. A fur hat that they found had traces of petrol and they were burned paper traces around the body as well.
A few days after the discovery of the body, two suitcases were found at the railway station in Bergen, which belonged to the woman. In the lining of one, money was found. They also found a number of other items, including timetables, maps, clothes, wigs, shoes, and so on. However, as with the body, anything that could possibly identify the woman had been removed.
An autopsy was carried out and it was deemed that the female had passed away by a combination of poisoning by carbon monoxide and incapacitation by phenobarbital. As soot was found in her lungs, it indicated that she was alive when she was burned. Sleeping pills were found near her body, and it was determined she had also consumed a number of them as well.
Despite the fact that a big media case was launched and composite sketches were drawn to try and identify the woman, no one was ever able to. The authorities decided that she had ingested sleeping pills to commit suicide. However, a lot of people believe that she was murdered. A burial was held for her, with 16 members of the police force attending. The case has since been reopened in 2016, yet it remains unsolved and the identity of the woman is still unknown.
The purpose of Isdal Woman Day is to be a day of observation, highlighting cases such as the one mentioned above and inviting people to do their own research and investigation into this case and other cases that are similar. Death in Ice Valley, which is a Facebook Group, is responsible for designating the date for Isdal Woman Day. The same name has also been given to a series of podcasts that have been designed in order to try and unravel the mystery of Isdal Woman.
How to observe Isdal Woman Day
The best way to observe Isdal Woman Day is to learn about this case and indeed many others whereby people have not been identified. Some mysterious death cases that you can look into include the Peter Bergman case, the Oslo Plaza Woman case, and the Somerton Man case. You are encouraged to look into cases like this.
You will be able to find out about the investigations and what happened online with ease. It is certainly worth delving deeper and doing your own research. You will find that many people have created their own podcasts and blogs where they have posted information on specific cases.
It can also help to raise awareness for cases like this. You can post messages on social media or even start your own blog posts so that you can encourage other people to look into cases whereby the remains of a person have not been identified or a death is surrounded in mystery. It is an important thing to do. After all, there are families out there that do not know what has happened to their loved ones.
Aside from this, you may find that there have been charities set-up for individual cases and Just Giving pages in order to keep the investigations alive, so you may decide that you wish to donate or fundraise for these.