Tuesday 27 June 2017

Police start to doubt Forest Boy's account

Fiona Govan in Berlin

Police in Germany have cast doubt over the story given by the teenager known as Forest Boy after his refusal to co-operate in the investigation to discover his identity.

The account from the English-speaking youth, who claims to have lived in the forest for five years with his father before burying him in a shallow grave and walking to Berlin, is riddled with inconsistencies, police say.

"He just doesn't look like a boy who lived in the forest for any amount of time," said Thomas Neuendorf, a Berlin police spokesman.

The 17-year-old claims to remember only that his name is Ray, and that he and his father had been living in the woods since the death of his mother five years ago. He claims his parents' names were Ray and Doreen and that he was told he had no other relations.

Police forces in the south of Germany and in the neighbouring Czech Republic and Austria were asked to report if a corpse had been found in the woods, but no discovery has been made.

Mr Neuendorf said: "He hasn't expanded on his original story and can't tell us anything that we can check.''

It is still not known whether the boy, who reportedly speaks only a few words of German, is a native English speaker. Police had hoped they could proceed with a public appeal. But the boy has told his guardian, a social worker appointed on Monday, that he has no wish to discover his true identity.

Angelika Schottler, the councillor in charge of youth welfare services in the Templehof-Schoneberg district of Berlin, where the boy is being cared for, said: "We have decided that we will not make more information about the boy public. Our job is to protect the boy.'' (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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