Police say they’re investigating the story of an English-speaking teenager who appeared in the German capital last week saying he had lived the last five years in the woods with his father.
“The boy speaks English and a little German but we really have no idea where he comes from,” police spokesman Michael Maass told Germany’s ‘The Local’ on Friday.
The boy, who authorities say is in good health and calls himself Ray, showed up in Berlin on Sept. 5 carrying a backpack and sleeping bag, police spokeswoman Miriam Tauchmann told msnbc.com. He said he was 17 and told officials he and his dad were living in tents and huts until his father died recently.
“He has no identity card, no papers, no passport, nothing,” Tauchmann told msnbc.com. “He looked very good — not like a wild man or anything like that. Physically and mentally, everything is OK with him.”
Tauchmann said the boy claimed that he and his father took to the woods after his mother died about five years ago. The boy recalled his mother’s name as Doreen and his father’s as Ryan, but could not remember anything else about his family history, reported The Local.
He and his father were nomads, he said, never staying in one place in the woods for long.
Body covered in stones
He found his father dead two weeks prior to his arrival in Berlin, he told authorities, and buried him in a shallow grave, which he covered with stones, according to The Local.
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