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Body found in wheel well of Dutch plane

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 5, 2014 at 10:34 am •  Published: June 5, 2014

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch border police say they found a body in the wheel well of a KLM airplane that landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Thursday, and Norwegian authorities suspect it may be that of a missing teenage boy.

Norwegian police said the body was likely that of a 17-year-old from Larvik, in southern Norway, who went missing Wednesday morning and was the subject of a search by emergency services. They described him as 1.80 meters (six feet) tall and slim with blond hair and freckles.

In a statement, the Norwegian police said they couldn't be absolutely sure, "but the description and objects found with the dead person indicate with a high degree of certainty that it is the 17-year-old." They said they have contacted the youth's parents.

Sandfjord police chief investigator Merete Torp Nilsen said she believed identifying papers had been found on the victim's body.

"We are investigating what happened at our end. The rest is in the hands of Dutch police," she said.

Richard Haarman of the Netherlands' border police confirmed the discovery of a body and said investigators believe the victim was a stowaway who was asphyxiated.

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