Missing German woman found living in Swiss woods

21st January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Woman had apparently been living in a makeshift tent for nearly a year.

Geneva -- A woman who went missing from her home in eastern Germany 12 years ago has been found living in a wood near the Swiss capital of Bern, police said.

The 52-year-old German was found earlier this month by someone out for a walk near the village of Bolligen, said Bern police Monday. The woman was living in a frail, makeshift tent.

She was reported to be in a good physical state and appeared to have been living in the woods for nearly a year.

The woman, who was not named, went missing in February 1997 in the German state of Brandenburg.

Police said she did not give an explanation of why she was there or why she left home without letting her relatives know. But she appeared to have traveled between France, Italy and Switzerland.

The mayor of Bolligen, Rudolf Burger, told the Swiss news agency ATS that she appeared to be slightly obsessive and spoke of a "mission."

However, she has not committed any offence and police said she could stay for the time being.

Bernese authorities, which own the wood, have asked her to leave soon and local social services are ready to find an alternative arrangement provided that she agrees.


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