German police probe teenager 'in woods for 5 years'

17th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

German police were trying Saturday to crack the mystery of a teenager who appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived for five years in a forest with his now dead father.

According to German media reports, the boy, aged about 18, calls himself Ray, speaks in English with only a few words of German, and knows nothing of his origins.

Carrying a tent, a sleeping bag and a backpack, he walked into Berlin city hall on September 5, saying he had walked from the forest where he was living after his father was killed in a fall some two weeks ago.

He had headed north with the help of a compass, but could not identify the woods in which he said he had lived with his father ever since his mother died in a car crash.

A police spokesman said Saturday they were still trying to identify the boy, who was in good health and in the care of social services.

© 2011 AFP

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