Article: Morten Aigeltinger

Article: Morten Aigeltinger

This week's article is a lesser reported on and lesser known missing persons case. I came across it because of my love of photography and thought that it was a story worth sharing. There isn't much information about this person but it is no less important to your more "high profile" cases.  

Morten Aigeltinger was a 56-year-old Norwegian man who came to the United States about 30 years ago when he was in his mid-20’s. He was highly educated man and quite a talented photographer which he did professionally. You can see some of the photos he has taken online and he had a good eye for taking photos. He also helped manage a local farm. Morten was well liked and respected within his community in Jefferson County, Virginia.

On September 9 2015, Morten had a lunchtime appointment at Osborn High School in Prince William County, Virginia to take some photos. When he failed to show up, which was unusual for him not to attend an appointment, the school contacted Morten’s employer, Victor O’Neill Studios. When they couldn’t reach him either, Morten’s employer reported him missing to police.

And from the information that is available, it seems that he did attend the school the first day of the job and then it was either the second or the third day when he was supposed to come back and finish taking the photos, that he failed to show.

The last confirmed sighting was at 7.50pm on the day before he was reporting missing when Morten was filling up his green 2012 Ford at a local gas station.  

But then on September 14 2015, almost a week since Morten was last seen, his Ford vehicle was spotted on John Rissler Road which is about a mile away from his home. Police searched the vehicle but couldn’t find any clues to his whereabouts and there was no visible damage to the car itself.

Police conducted an extensive search for Morten using cadaver dogs, helicopters and boats that searched the nearby Shenandoah River. The road where the police found Morten’s car runs parallel to the Shenandoah River. But they were not able to find him, or any of his belongings.

Morten’s family strongly believes that he would not have committed suicide and friends report that Morten was in good spirits about life at the time he disappeared.

In August 2016, investigators released information that they had found blood in Morten’s house and it seemed as if someone had tried to clean it up afterwards. Because of the distance between Morten’s family in Norway and the United States where Morten went missing from, any DNA profile will be a long and meticulous process. Police do believe that there are one or more people involved in Morten’s disappearance however they haven’t released how they know this.

I am somewhat hopeful for this case as this is only a fairly recent case as he has only been missing for a year at the time of this article being published. There is a chance that he may have had a disagreement with someone and maybe this argument resulted in his accidental death. But then again, depending on the amount of blood found at his house, there is a chance that maybe he has decided to leave this part of his life behind for some reason that we just don’t know about. That being said, the authorities did look into any credit card or bank account usage, his cell phone records and there hasn’t been any activity on anything since his disappearance. Although it is worth noting that they haven’t found any of his personal items either in any of the searches. So, they are all still out there somewhere, either with him or discarded along the way. I do think there is a good chance that they will find Morten, maybe possibly hiding out, off the grid, somewhere.

Morten Aigeltinger was 56 years old at the time of his disappearance. He has been described as a Caucasian man with salt and pepper hair. He weighs around 155 pounds and is approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

Anyone with any information, regardless how insignificant you may think it is, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 304-728-3205. You may remain anonymous. There is a cash reward of $10,000 for anyone who gives information leading to Morten’s whereabouts.  

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