(TELEGRAPH) — Peter Skyllberg, the Swedish man who apparently survived more than two months of freezing winter in a snow-covered car had been living in the vehicle since last summer, when he was a regular customer at a local petrol station.
Mr Skyllberg was said by doctors to have endured temperatures of -30C (-22F) as he stayed inside the car through most of December, January and February after it was covered by heavy snow in a forest near the town of Umea in northern Sweden. He was eventually found, apparently emaciated and barely able to move or speak, by passers-by.
Mr Skyllberg was said to have survived on nothing but snow, but investigators believe that he also ate a “salve or ointment” that was found in the car in order to survive. Police initially thought he may have been a nature lover who may have become trapped while on an expedition. But a local petrol station owner, Andreas Östensson, said that Mr Skyllberg had been living in the forest and sleeping in his car since last summer and that he had regularly come into his store to buy “hot dogs and coffee”.
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