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Dead Dutch Skydiver Found Days After Jump
The body of a Dutch skydiver has been discovered in a field over a week after he made a fatal jump in which his parachute failed to open.
According to reports in the Netherlands, Mark van den Boogaard jumped from a plane on December 8 as part of an organised event.
But his body was not found until this week when rabbit poachers came across it by accident in a field near Teuge airfield, close to the city of Apeldoorn.
Police and experts from the Royal Netherlands Aeronautical Association are investigating what happened but it appears that neither his main nor reserve parachute opened.
The 48-year-old is reported to be a regular skydiver and was taking part in a jump with the Nationaal Paracentrum club along with 16 other enthusiasts.
When his body was found the club revealed that no routine roll call is conducted after jumps, with the parachutists tending to leave and go straight home afterwards.
According to the local Dutch news organisation Omroep Brabant, Mr van den Boogaard was one of the last to jump from the plane that day.
A fellow parachutist who knew him suggested it may have been suicide because it was so unlikely the spare chute, which is meant to automatically open at a certain point in the jump, would fail.
Local reports described Mr van den Boogaard as a loner who was self-employed, which is why no-one had notified police that he was missing.
His relatives have now been informed.