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Isdal Woman
Sex Female
Race White
Location Isdalen Valley, Norway
Found 29 November 1970
Unidentified for 47 years
Postmortem interval Days
Body condition Burned
Age approximation 25-40
Height approximation 5'4
Weight approximation 124 pounds
Cause of death Overdose

(Ruled as suicide)

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Isdal Woman was a subject who was seen alive on multiple occasions before her body was found in a valley in Norway. The case is often compared to that of the Somerton Man.


The victim's burned body was found in the Isdalen Valley in Norway. Two bottles of accelerant and one liquor bottle were at the scene. Although her death was ruled as suicide, many suspect foul play due to the bizarre circumstances of her death. Several governments and intelligence agencies were involved with the case, but none have been forthcoming with information.

She was known to use many aliases when checking into hotels, including:

  • Genevieve Lancier
  • Claudia Tielt
  • Alexia Zerner-Merches
  • Vera Jarle
  • Fenella Lorch
  • Elisabeth Leenhower (also stating she was Belgian)

Prior to her death, she was seen with two other men near the location of her body.


  • The victim had dark brown hair tied in a ponytail.
  • She had brown eyes.
  • She was described to have a round face and small ears.
  • She was described as slim with generous hips.
  • She had extensive dental work, including unusual gold crowns and root canals.
  • Isotope and DNA testing indicated she originated from Germany or France.

Clothing and accessories

  • She wore a dark blue bubble jacket fastened by a belt with two rings.
  • blue knitted sweater
  • black trousers
  • A blue umbrella.
  • Green and clue checked wool shawl
  • Brown fake fur cape
  • Blue rubber boots
  • Three suitcases containing clothing and the items described below:
  • a comb
  • a hairbrush
  • cosmetics
  • a series of wigs.
  • tube of eczema cream.
  • Nine fake passports.


  • She may have been a spy, most likely for the Soviet Bloc.