Berlin: Police Appeal To Identify English-Speaking Teenage Boy Who Lived In Forest

18 Sep

NEWS UPDATE:

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.

Found: Ray, the boy who lived in woods for five yearsFound: Ray, the boy who lived in woods for five years 

Living rough: Teenager claims he had been in the woodland in Germany for the last five years until his father diedLiving rough: Teenager claims he had been in the woodland in Germany for the last five years until his father died

Today, police chiefs said they had 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.

 
Mystery: Boy, 17, turned up at Berlin City Hall, pictured, and said he had followed his compass north after his father's death. An international effort was being made to work out who he isMystery: Boy, 17, turned up at Berlin City Hall, pictured, and said he had followed his compass north after his father’s death. An international effort was being made to work out who he is

t 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.

Detectives are going over everything Ray has told them to establish a picture of his background and biography.

It is not known if Ray will accompany police to the spot where he left his father and began his journey to the capital.

The teenager’s story is reminiscent of the Piano Man, German Andreas Grassl, who was found wandering the streets of Sheerness, Kent, in 2005.

Despite Europe-wide appeals, no-one knew who the 20-year-old was.

For months he remained uncommunicative except for showing his accomplished pianist skills.

Yesterday Police spokesman Michael Maass said: ‘He said that he had lived for the last five years wandering around with his father. We don’t know where.’

There were reports the boy had been sent to a youth detention centre while authorities try and work out who he is.

The boy told them he did not know where he was from – and said his father had told him to travel north to Berlin if anything ever happened to him.

Video: German Police Seek Identity Of Forest Boy 

Police in Germany are trying to identify an English-speaking teenager who claims he has spent the past 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.

JADE ABRAMOV NCMC924471-Family Abduction (View Poster) DOB: Mar 14, 1997 Age: 14 Missing: Oct 26, 2001 Race: White

www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/​PubCaseSearchSe… – Cached

United Kingdom Missing Person Reports – As They Come … A DISTRAUGHT son appealed yesterday for people to look out for his missing father. … on 29 June 2006

someoneismissing.com/uk/index.htm – Cached

IRELAND:

Welcome to MissingPersons.ie “Our mission as a non-profit Organisation is to bring hope to families and friends of Missing Persons by providing resources and support.

www.missingpersons.ieCached

Official Website of An Garda Síochána – Ireland’s National Police Service

www.garda.ie/MissingPersons/​Default.aspx – Cached

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