Sunday 18 February 2018

Couple claim German 'forest boy' is their grandson

Fiona Govan in Berlin

A Swiss couple have come forward to claim the mysterious 17-year-old boy who said he had been living in a German forest for five years, in the belief he may be their missing grandson.

The elderly pair contacted Berlin police last week after seeing an "e-fit" of the English-speaking teenager, who has been in the care of social services since walking into Berlin City Hall a month ago.

They are keen to provide a DNA sample to be tested against that of the boy, who says his name is Ray, but he has so far refused to co-operate with attempts to track down remaining family.

Berlin authorities said they had received "many many" appeals from people across the world who thought the "forest boy" could be a missing relative, but added that most claims had been ruled out.

The teenager arrived in Berlin last month claiming to have walked north to the capital after burying his father in the woods when he died in a fall.

He remembers nothing about his upbringing except that he and his father had been living in the forest since the death of his mother Doreen, in a car crash five years ago.

But police have become suspicious of his story after he refused to make a public appeal or co-operate in the investigation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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