Death In Ice Valley [World Service]

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01The Isdal Woman2018081120180812 (WS)In November 1970, the burnt body of a woman was found on a mountainside in Bergen, Norway

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

On 29th November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

On 29th November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

02A Case Of Clues2018081820180819 (WS)A suitcase left in a railway station containing wigs and codes leads to southern Norway

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

03The Remote Archive2018082520180826 (WS)Multiple identities are revealed and a search in the hospital basement offers up clues

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Multiple identities are revealed but an autopsy report is inconclusive. A search in the hospital basement offers up the catch of the day.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations.

04The Hotel Cards2018090120180902 (WS)Hotel registration forms point to Belgium, and we find a key witness on the Costa del Sol

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Hotel registration forms point to Belgium, and we find a key witness on the Costa del Sol.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman - as she was known - and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

05Tell Tale Tooth2018090820180909 (WS)Strange behaviour is observed in the last hotel the Isdal Woman stayed at

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

The dental work points east, and strange behaviour is observed in the last hotel the Isdal Woman stayed at.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman - as she was known - and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

06The Penguin2018091520180916 (WS)Reports in a secret police file locate the Isdal Woman near a missile test site. A fisherman spots her talking to a naval officer. It is the middle of the Cold War.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman - as she was known - and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Reports in a secret police file locate the Isdal Woman near a missile test site

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

07Spycatcher2018092220180923 (WS)The fisherman’s family is given a warning, and Norway’s top spycatcher has a new theory about the Isdal Woman.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

Norway's top spycatcher has a new theory about the Isdal Woman

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

08Mystery Men2018092920180930 (WS)Isotope analysis of the teeth reveals where the Isdal Woman spent her early years

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Isotope analysis of the teeth reveals where the Isdal Woman spent her early years, while there's silence in room 426 and awkward meetings at the hotel restaurant.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

09Case Closed2018100620181007 (WS)Police suddenly close the case, but many questions remain. Science proves that the Isdal Woman's real age is not what we think.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Police suddenly close the case, but many questions remain

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

10The Isdal Girl2018101320181014 (WS)On the trail of the isotope map to Central Europe and a time of war and chaos.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

Originally released as a podcast series on the BBC World Service ‘Death in Ice Valley’ has been critically acclaimed and topped podcast charts around the world with millions of downloads.

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

On the trail of the isotope map to Central Europe and a time of war and chaos

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Originally released as a podcast series on the BBC World Service ‘Death in Ice Valley’ has been critically acclaimed and topped podcast charts around the world with millions of downloads.

11Underground2018102020181021 (WS)New path, old cutlery. Violent times and an unmarked grave.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Violent times and an unmarked grave

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

122018102720181028 (WS)We conclude the series, drawing together our evidence and answering questions from listeners.

On 29th November 1970 the badly burnt body of a woman was found on a bleak mountainside near Bergen in Western Norway. The police couldn’t identify her and it was unclear whether her death had been a murder, a suicide or an accident.

Objects had been laid out around the body and the labels were removed from her clothes. But nobody knew who she was. This unsolved mystery has haunted Norway for 47 years.

After a two year investigation, the Norwegian broadcaster NRK has joined the BBC World Service to explore the story of the Isdal Woman—as she was known—and to try and find out who she was and what she was doing in Norway.

The presenters Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy embark on a journey around Norway and beyond, talking to witnesses and searching through archives as they piece together a picture of the Isdal Woman’s movements and motivations. It’s a journey through time to the middle of the Cold War and a divided Europe with spies on both sides. It’s also an investigation which uses modern scientific and forensic techniques like DNA and isotope analysis: tools which police use to crack identification cases today which didn’t exist in 1970.

Drawing together our evidence and answering questions from listeners

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

The Isdal Woman. Norway's most enduring mystery..

The mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway's Isdalen Valley in 1970

Originally released as a podcast series on the BBC World Service ‘Death in Ice Valley’ has been critically acclaimed and topped podcast charts around the world with millions of downloads.