Forest lad baffles Germany

September 17th, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 17 (IANS) A teenager, who turned up in Berlin after a two-week walk, has baffled the police with his claim that he has come from a forest where he and his father had been living off the land for the past five years.

The 17-year-old said he had no idea who he was or where he was from.

Though dishevelled, the teenager was fit and healthy and showed no signs of malnourishment or abuse.

He told investigators that he and his father moved to the forest about five years back after his mother died, and since then they had lived off the land. They used to sleep in a tent and remote huts, reported the Daily Telegraph.

After his father died recently, he buried him in a shallow grave and then set off to get help.

Sleuths say the teenager, who calls himself Ray, speaks a smattering of German, but his first language appeared to be English.

He told them about his date of birth, but claimed not to remember either of his parents’ names or anything of his life before he entered the forest.

“We only know what he told us; that he is 17 years old, and he said that he lived in the forest, that he lived together with his father in the forest for the last five years, but he doesn’t know where,” Klaus Schubert, a spokesman for the Berlin police department, was quoted as saying.

“He says his father died two weeks ago, and then he travelled alone, and suddenly he was in Berlin. We don’t know how he reached the Town Hall, he cannot explain it.”

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