Kurdish-Iranian toddler missing body found on Norwegian coast
Norwegian police have identified a body found on the country’s coast earlier this year as that of an 18-month-old missing, who died while trying to cross the Channel with his family.
The young toddler, Artin, is believed to have died along with four other family members, including his parents and two siblings, when the boat they were traveling in sank in October.
Relatives of the Kurdish-Iranian family, who were trying to reach the UK from France, were looking for answers about what had happened to young Artin.
Now, months later, police have confirmed his death after identifying a body that was found by officers on New Year’s Day on the country’s southwestern shore near Karmoy.
Norwegian police say they were able to identify the boy after obtaining a DNA sample and establishing “a complete DNA profile”.
“It is now certain that the boy who was found is Artin Irannezhad,” police said in a statement.
Police say the toddler’s remaining family have been notified of his death.
In their statement, police noted that months have passed since Artin’s body was found, saying that “while there is a great understanding that loved ones are waiting for answers, it is important to achieve a good and precise process “.
“We knew early on that the missing boy had a relative in Norway, but it was important to determine whether the person was related close enough to serve as the basis for a DNA match,” spokeswoman Camilla Tjelle said. Waage in a statement. . “When this was verified, we asked relatives to give DNA to the police.”
“It is a laborious process, but we are happy to have now received confirmation that this is the missing boy who was found in Karmøy,” she said. “This story is tragic, but at least it’s good to be able to give an answer to loved ones.”