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Dead skydiver may have committed suicide, say police

Wednesday 19 December 2012

There are strong indications the skydiver found dead in a field a week after his jump may have committed suicide, police told news agency ANP on Wednesday evening.

No-one had reported Mark van den Boogaard, 48, missing and his body was eventually found by hunters.

The police investigation shows there were no technical failings to explain why both parachutes did not open. There are also ‘strong indications’ of suicide, ANP said, without giving further details.

Simon Woerlee, manager of the Nationaal Paracentrum skydiving club in Gelderland told the BBC Van den Boogaard was ‘a friendly and happy man, but a loner, someone who did not really talk to anyone and was always on his own’.

A regular and experienced skydiver, Van den Boogaard was self employed, so was not reported missing by work. He lived alone and was not thought to be close to his family.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

And what about the pilot? Someone had to fly him up there, no? What a bizarre story.

By Stupid | 19 December 2012 7:03 PM

@Stupid There are no regulations or rules about checking in after diving. They tried it in america, but people would forget to check in and go straight home, or to grandpa's for a coffee, and the emergency services would be called for nothing :/

By Mike | 20 December 2012 11:31 AM

@Mike: Really? That's even stranger.

By Stupid | 20 December 2012 5:29 PM

Maybe it was meant to look either like a suicide or an accident; perhaps the lab people can unravel this mysterious event?

By The visitor | 21 December 2012 2:44 AM

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