Norwegian Man Brutally Murdered Following Bitcoin Trade

A Norwegian man was brutally stabbed to death shortly after completing a cash-for-bitcoin exchange, and investigators believe that the two events may be linked.

According to Norwegian news organization TV 2, the stabbing occurred on Monday morning at the 24-year-old victim’s apartment in Majorstuen, an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, likely between 7:50 am and 12:10 pm -- when one of his roommates discovered the crime scene.

Sources within the Oslo police department told TV 2 that the murder victim had completed a bitcoin trade shortly before the tragic incident and that others within his social circle were aware of his cryptocurrency dealings.

Grete LIen Metlid, the leader of the Oslo police department’s head of intelligence and investigations unit, told the publication that investigators were aware of a tip involving a possible bitcoin connection, but he declined to elaborate further.

"We are familiar with a tip about Bitcoin, but at this time we will not provide more information about the investigation," said Metlid, according to a rough translation, adding that the department investigates “widely” and that “economic motives” are always a primary area of interest for investigators.

As of the time of writing, the police did not have any suspects, nor had they made any arrests. Per local reports, forensic analysts continued to investigate the scene on Wednesday night.

This story is developing...Check back for updates.

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Last modified (UTC): October 19, 2018 12:38 AM

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