Tomorrow it is a week since Christoffer Lysne Elgåen (29) from Aurland was reported missing by his family. The last reliable observation of the 29-year-old was made the Friday before, when he went home after visiting some friends.
– There are many indications that he has fallen into the fjord, says mayor Trygve Skjerdal in Aurland.
The mayor says that the whole village shows up in the search for Elgåen, and that employers have given employees time off to look.
– We have been searching for him for a week, and the list of volunteers is so long that those who lead the search must say stop, so that there are not too many involved, Skjerdal says to Dagbladet.
– The response says a bit about how this affects the village. There are many who want to help the family in gaining a certainty, he says.
– Terribly heavy
Today, 25 boats and 60 people participated in the search on the Sognefjord, according to the mayor. In addition, an application is being made for an ROV, a remote-controlled submarine, from Bergen, in the deep fjord.
– The search today was unsuccessful, says the mayor.
He says that it is first and foremost a group from the Red Cross and the fire service that is looking for the 29-year-old, in addition to the volunteers.
– The vast majority here probably know Christoffer or his family. He has been very active in both organizational life and music life and has had a workplace where he has become acquainted with and had contact with many, says Skjerdal, who describes himself as a friend of the missing person.
– I know him very well, and think this is terribly heavy on behalf of him and the family. It is also difficult to see how his close work colleagues experience a great longing, says the mayor.
In the municipality, not much else has been a topic in the last week.
– This is what takes the main focus. As mayor, you have to stand up, and it is not difficult, but a completely natural thing to do, he says.
After the search operation was launched, it was quite a short time before the crews found traces of Elgåen.
Among other things, the 29-year-old’s mobile phone was found in the steep and rugged terrain between the county road and the fjord, the mayor told Dagbladet earlier this week.
– At the site, there are steep mountains above and very deep in the fjord. The height difference from the road down into the fjord is six to seven meters, says the mayor.
Police station manager Knut Arne Klingenberg in the police has told Dagbladet that the fjord is around 400 meters deep at the place where the mobile phone was found.
– We do not have much else to move from, other than the information we have received from friends and family. He has been on a trip from one point to another, and there he has disappeared. This is an accident as we see it, says Klingenberg.