Berlin Police Investigate Identity of Mysterious ‘Forest Boy’

Berlin Police Investigate Identity of Mysterious ‘Forest Boy’

Berlin : Germany | Sep 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM PDT
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Berlin police have launched a Europe-wide appeal for information about an English-speaking teenager who appeared in the German capital, saying that he'd been living in the woods for five years.

The boy said his name was Ray but he didn’t remember where he came from. He told the police, he and his father went to the woods five years ago, after his mother Doreen diedin a car accident. Accordingly, ever since the two lived in the woods, sleeping in a tent, and earth huts they found.

The boy, who is believed to be between 16 and 18 years old, said he found his father had died two weeks ago, and started walking towards Berlin after he had burried him.

“His father told him to look at his compass and go north, if anything should happen. And this is apparently what he did, walking for two weeks before reaching Berlin,” Michael Maass, spokesman for the Berlin police, was quoted saying by the Local.

The boy appeared at Berlin's city hall on September 5, and was immediately admitted at a youth emergency centre. He has been medically examined, is in good condition and has been well fed, the authorities said

German police is now looking for help in order to establish his identity.

“We have sent appeals for help to all European countries via Interpol. The boy speaks English, and a little German but we really have no idea where he comes from,” Maass said.

According to, Berlin police have no plans to release a picture of the boy as of now, since he is a minor. Meanwhile, authorities are looking to see if they can find his father's grave to confirm his story.

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Ljubica Vujadinovic is based in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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