Mystery Teenager Wanders Out of German Forest, Doesn’t Speak German


Interpol is investigating the peculiar story of a 17-year-old boy who walked into Berlin’s city hall and said he had been living in a forest outside of the city for five years. He told investigators that he lived in the woods with his father who died two weeks before the boy arrived in Berlin. Despite living in a German forest, the Independent reports the boy speaks fluent English and only knows a few German words.

The teenager told officials at a youth emergency center in Berlin that he buried his father and spent two weeks following his compass towards the German capital. Claudia Elitok of the Berlin Police said that the boy knows his name, but officials aren’t releasing it. She also told reporters, “He has said what happened to his mother but I can’t go into that information.”

However, The Daily News reports that the boy said his first name is Ray and that his mother died in a car accident five years ago. They also specify that he told officials he “lived in a tent and earthen dugouts with his father in a forest” since his mother’s death. How his father died is still unknown.

Investigators think he may be British and have sent inquiries to the U.K. on whether or not he matches any reports of missing persons. He said he doesn’t remember where he lived before the forest.

Interpol investigate British boy who lived in German forest [Independent]
German police search for identity of English-speaking boy who emerged from woods [NYDN]