A man trapped for two months during the Snowstorm goes to incredible lengths to survive
Some would say that Peter Skyllberg, 44, was a “loner”. Few people knew him, but a local gas station owner seemed to know where he was. He seemed to be homeless because he lived in the forest and slept in his car.
At A Low Point
Andreas Ostensson, the owner of the service station, regularly sees him filling his tank and buying hot dogs, bread, cigarettes and coffee. It was obvious that he had very little money and had fallen on hard times …
Friendly Yet Withdrawn
Peter lived in Sweden and had previously worked as a carpenter before his money problems. Ostensson said that when Peter entered the store, he never spoke to other customers. He was a bit odd but always very kind to Ostensson, who said he had seen him laughing many times.
A Strange Life
Ostensson had the impression that Peter had crossed all Sweden and stopped nearby saying: “It’s a good place, I’m going to stay here.” Still, Ostensson found it odd that he lives in the forest and he wondered he was doing it all day …
Was He Really Gone?
But, Peter was handsome, was always shaved and had good hygiene, so the forest had to treat him well. It was until last May when a friend of Peter claimed he had disappeared.
Cut All Ties
Peter had not been in contact with his family for more than 20 years, so many did not notice his absence. Yet Siv Skyllberg, Peter’s aunt, said he broke family relations two decades ago because of a scandal she refuses to repeat …
He Was Always A Loner
While Siv was trying to give police a glimpse of where Peter was, she had very little help for them. She knew that Peter was a loner even before he disappeared and when she used to babysit for him more than thirty years ago, he rarely played with his five brothers and sisters.
“Trapped In A Crazy Place”
Still, the police looked for Peter, who became known for living in his car, so he could have been anywhere. Looking for a homeless person is not really easy. Yet after about two months, police found Peter’s car “trapped in a crazy place”.
He was miles away from the forest where he usually lived and it was -22 ° F (-30 ° C). The police thought there was no way to survive. The two men opened the door of Peter’s car to find his emaciated body inside, but he still breathed happily. The frosted interior of the vehicle was littered with old paper cups, used tissues and empty cigarette packs.
Surviving On Cigarettes And Beer?
There was an empty beer bottle, rolling tobacco and a homemade pipe. There were also camping pans, a sleeping bag, rolls of tea towel and a pack of extra large towels. It seemed obvious that Peter wanted to die there in a cold, but Peter told the police otherwise …
Trapped For Two Months
He said that he had been trapped in his car since December 19, and it was remarkable because he was very frail. But no one understood how a human could have survived in a snow-covered car for two months.
“A Natural Igloo”
The doctors believe that during the time Peter was in the car, the air trapped around the vehicle had formed a natural igloo. And if Peter was wearing very hot clothes and had a sleeping bag, it looked more like an igloo. But how could he survive such a period of famine?
He Could Have Survived Without Food
A prominent Swedish doctor says that anyone can tolerate famine for a month if he has water to drink. And if you have body fat, you will survive even longer, even though Peter was in a very bad shape when he was found.
Many Are Skeptical
However, many people are skeptical about Peter’s story, saying he could never have survived in his car for so long. It was discovered that Peter had been in debt and had simply “disappeared”. Magnus Jernberg, Peter’s former neighbor, said Peter had a girlfriend who lived with him for a while, but she missed …
Difficult Financial Times
Peter had previously worked as a handyman for a local owner in the iron-making city and the owner gave him one of his apartments where he lived. But his money problems started after he tried to buy a block of flats. A local court order then ordered the seizure of his properties after he was unable to pay debts of $ 1.6 million.
Escaping His Problems
With a failed relationship and a mountain of debt, it is not surprising that Peter wanted to escape his problems, but he almost committed suicide in the process. Yet no one can understand how Peter was only one kilometer from the road, but he was unable to get out of his car to ask for help …
Willingly Trapped Himself?
Where his car was, we often heard snowmobiles crisscrossing the tracks. So there were people driving. One of the policemen who saved Peter said he could have escaped if he wanted to.
Something Appeared Strange
“There was no snow. Not the right passenger door … If you look at the back door, on the left side it was very compact snow, but on the right side there was a lot of snow, “explains Andreas Gidlund. The door seemed to have been opened from time to time …
He Ate Snow To Survive
Although the snow is more than a meter thick, Peter was able to go to the door to eat snow to survive. It is possible that he has become too weak to even get out of the car or seek help. When he was found, he would have told his rescuers, “I wanted to hibernate,” and for a moment, they debated the opportunity to leave him, as he requested.
We’re Still Left With Questions
However, the horrible smell in the car convinced them that if they allowed him to stay, he would be dead. He was wearing clothes when he was rescued, including sweatpants, t-shirts and warm sweaters. He was also wearing ski pants and a wool hat. Peter recovered at the Norrlands Hospital in Umea and refused to speak to the press so that we would never really know what happened to him.