Like most unbelievable stories, the Homeless Man trapped in a car during a storm or over two months feels closer to fiction than anything else. Here is the story of how a once-in-a-lifetime survival of a lone man stuck in a horrible snow storm overcame death.
Peter Skyllberg was known to his immediate neighbor as a lone man due to his self-imposed isolation. According to a local gas station owner, he was known to be homeless and went about his life living in the forest and sleeping in his car.
A Low Moment
The gas station owner, Andreas Ostensson, reported that he saw Peter Skyllberg come to the gas station to fuel his car and purchase some supplies and it was apparent that he had little money to live on.
Hospitable But Withdrawn
His work history in Sweden saw him work as a carpenter long before his financial troubles surfaced. He seemed withdrawn when showed up at the gas station to fuel his car and buy some supplies although he was nice to Ostensson, who said he had seen him laugh on several occasions.
A Strange Lifestyle
Through his observations, Ostensson had concluded that Peter had traveled all over Sweden and stopped after convincing himself that the area around the gas station was a good place and so he choose to stay. For Ostensson, Peter’s life was a strange lifestyle, and he always wondered what he did all day since he lived in the forest…
Did he Really Disappear
Nonetheless, Peter was well-groomed and had a neat shave as well as auspicious hygiene. The forest seemed to suit him well until last May when one of his friends claimed that he was nowhere to be seen.
No Trace Left
It seemed that he had cut all ties. First, he had lost contact with his family members for over 20 years, and they could hardly notice his absence at all. His aunt, Siv Skyllberg made it clear that he had cut ties with his family after a scandal which had taken place 20 years ago….
Always A Loner
Siv’s attempt to guide the police on Peter’s whereabouts proved to be of little help. However, she at least confirmed that Peter was a loner long before he broke ties with his family or his disappearance as reported by one of his friends.
Trapped under a Gigantic Heap of Snow
Nevertheless, the police continued the search for Peter Skyllberg who had become notorious for living in his car, which meant he could be anywhere. It proved that it is hard-work to look for a homeless person. Fortunately, the police search bore fruit after about two months. They found his car trapped in a horrible place.
Entrapped in a Cave
He was many miles far away from the forest that he had made his residence, and it was -30 degrees Celsius. The police concluded that there was no way he could have possibly survived such extreme conditions. They proceeded to open the door of his car, and to their utter surprise they found his extremely emaciated body inside, still alive and breathing.
Survived on Cigarettes and Beer
There was an empty bottle of beer, a homemade pipe, some rolling tobacco, a sleeping bag, some rolls of kitchen towel, camping pans, and a pack of extra large napkins. As it seemed Peter wanted to his life to end out there in the cold, but he told the police that he wanted to live.
Trapped for Two Months
He said that he had been trapped in his car since December 19, and was easy to tell since he appeared quite weak. But, it was so unbelievable because it is hard to tell how many people could survive being stuck in a snowed-in car for two months.
A Natural Igloo
Doctors said that for the two months that Peter was stuck in the car, the air around it had formed a natural Igloo. This, combined with his warm clothing formed a real Igloo. However, it is still mind-blowing that despite the shelter he needed food to survive, which he lacked.
He Could Survive Without Food
A renowned Swedish doctor says that a person can survive extreme starvation for over a month as long as they have enough water to drink, especially people with body fat.
Many people find the story quite a make-believe although he was found alive. It was then discovered that he actually disappeared to escape his financial troubles.
Peter had a handyman job where he worked for an iron-manufacturing town for a local landlord who gave him one flat to live in. His money problems began soon after he attempted to buy a block of apartments in the area, which was followed by failure to pay and a consequent court for the properties to be seized.
In an attempt to escape his problems, he almost wound up dead, yet he was only a mile away from a road where he could find help.
Was He Willingly Trapped
At the point where his car was trapped, it is easy to hear the frequent snowmobiles that buzz up and down the tracks to clear snow. So the people driving by could be easy to reach, and it seemed he had a way out if he wanted to.
Though snowed-in, his car was not snowed a the right passenger door. A closer look revealed that the left side had compact snow while the right had very loose snow. The door seemed to have been open quite often.
Peter Ate Snow To Survive
Although the Snow was quite thick, Peter had succeeded in opening the door to eat snow for survival. When he was found, it was reported that he was quite weak and said that he wanted to “hibernate.”
There are Still Unanswered Questions Today
The rescuers contemplated leaving him to hibernate, but the foul smell from the car convinced them that if they left him to stay, he was going to die.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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