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    Police Seek Identity Of Forest Boy

    Police in Germany are trying to identify an English speaking teenager who claims he has spent the last five years living rough in woods.


    The youth, apparently 17 years old, claims he has lost his memory.
    He appeared on September 5 at Berlin's city hall and was then taken in by a youth emergency centre.
    He told police his father took him to live in the forest following his mother's death in a car crash and that they used tents and dug holes to sleep in.
    The youth explained how he used a compass to get out of the woods after his father died in a fall two weeks ago.
    The boy told authorities his father called him Ray but he did not recall his last name.



    He says he does not remember where the family came from and claims he followed his compass north, eventually arriving in Berlin.
    Police spokesman Michael Maass said: "He said that he had lived for the last five years wandering around with his father."
    The teenager speaks fluent English and only a few words of German and appears to be in good health, Mr Maass said.
    Police have issued a Europe-wide appeal to try and determine his identity.
    A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them."
    In 2005 the Piano Man was found wandering through the streets of Sheerness, Kent.
    For months he remained uncommunicative except for showing his accomplished pianist skills.
    He was eventually identified as 20-year-old Andreas Grassl from Germany.


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    Interpol probes woods boy mystery

    Interpol, the world's largest police organisation, is investigating whether a teenager who emerged in Berlin saying he had been living in the woods for five years is listed as a missing British child.
    The 17-year-old, called Ray, appeared at Berlin's city hall on September 5 and was taken in by a youth emergency centre after explaining that his father had died two weeks earlier and he had buried him in the woods.
    The boy, who says he does not remember where his family came from, said he followed his compass north to reach the city.
    Police chiefs said they have approached Interpol to see if the boy matches any missing person reports. Officers will not know the results of the inquiry until Monday.
    Claudia Elitok, of Berlin police, said: "He speaks fluent English and a few words in German. He remembers his name but we are not releasing it.
    "He explained that the last five years were spent in the woods with his father, then his father died and he buried him. He was walking for two weeks before getting to Berlin.
    "He has said what happened to his mother but I can't go into that information. He was found in good condition and is being taken care of by officials."
    Detectives are going over everything Ray has told them to establish a picture of his background and biography. It is not known if he will accompany police to the spot where he left his father and began his journey to the capital.
    A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of these reports and we are looking into them."
    It is thought consular staff could begin liaising with the authorities in Berlin on Monday if the teenager proves to be British.


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    Five years in a tent during German Winters? Me thinks there is more to this than Ray is telling. Shoes clothing for 5 years one of them must have had some contact with someone, not much food in the forest in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble
    Five years in a tent during German Winters? Me thinks there is more to this than Ray is telling. Shoes clothing for 5 years one of them must have had some contact with someone, not much food in the forest in winter.
    Right. The one with contact was certainly the father.

    The son came out after the father died, a sensible thing to do.

    5 years in the woods makes him app. 12 years old when it happened. No wonder he lost contact with his past during that time expecially with the trauma of the death of his mother.

    It should not be too difficult to find the family I would think. A family of three disappearing should leave a record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    A family of three disappearing should leave a record.
    not allways....in Germany...
    and in Britian...certainly if he was a Paki..

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