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Dutch police say they do not believe any crime was committed in the case of a skydiver who died and lay undetected in a field for more than a week.
Mark van den Boogaard was not reported missing and his body was discovered by chance. His parachute failed to open on his dive on 8 December.
No technical problems were found with the parachute and the investigation was over, a police statement said.
The jump was organised with the largest skydiving club in the Netherlands.
But the club said it had not launched a search as skydivers do not usually report back after their jump.
Police information officer Anton De Ronde said a local team had visited Mr Boogaard’s family to inform them, but that he was not close to any of his relatives – which is, the police believe, why no-one reported him missing.
Simon Woerlee, manager of the Nationaal Paracentrum skydiving club, in the village of Teuge near Deventer in Gelderland province, described his members as “shocked”.
He described Mr Boogaard as “a friendly and happy man, but a loner, someone who did not really talk to anyone and was always on his own”.
A means of checking in with skydivers after their jump is “well worth investigating” Meiltje de Groot, director of Teuge airfield, told the local De Stentor newspaper.
“It’s very sad that someone could lie dead somewhere for so long without anyone missing him”, Mrs de Groot said.
Sad – is only starting to describe all the thing wrong with this scenario. I’ve long been a hermit-type, a loner. But, it’s no big deal to have some simple way to check in after a shared event,