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Police Release Photograph Of 'Forest Boy'
German police have released a photograph of the mysterious English-speaking teenager dubbed the "forest boy" who claims he has been living wild for half a decade.
The boy who calls himself Ray turned to authorities nine months ago saying he had lived in a wood in Germany for five years and did not know who he was.
Police in the German capital Berlin have sent a picture of the smiling, blond, blue-eyed boy wearing a green t-shirt and a gold necklace to news outlets in a bid to get to the bottom of the puzzling case which has made global news headlines.
They hope the image, taken in September, will prompt someone to come forward with information that will shed a light on the youth's past.
"Despite the extensive studies and investigations, the youth office and the Berlin Police were still not successful in identifying the boy who calls himself Ray," said a police statement, published in German and English.
"Who knows the person shown in this picture? Who can give any information about his identity? Who can give any information about the person's possible relatives?"
Police think he may be between 16 and 20 years old. He has three scars on his forehead, the same number on his chin too and one on his right arm.
The teenager first sought help on September 5, 2011, when he turned up at Berlin's city hall speaking English and just a few words of German.
He claimed to remember few details about his life and was unable to pinpoint the forest where he said he had lived.
He had with him a tent, a sleeping bag, a new-looking backpack, clean clothes, and could read and write.
"He claimed he only knew his date of birth and his first name. He was sent to youth emergency services," police said. "There, he told an adventurous story."
The boy was unable, or refused to give his family name, birthplace or any other biographical information but said he had spent the last five years living in a forest with his father Ryan until he died suddenly in August.
Ray told police he had buried his father "in a hole in the forest underneath some stones" but, after "walking north for five days" to Berlin, could not explain how he had died or where authorities could find his body.
"A corresponding dead body has still not been found," police said.
Ray said his mother Doreen had died in a car accident when he was 12, which he also could not recall, but he assumed the scars on his face were incurred in the crash.
The chain pictured around his neck has a pendant with the letter 'D', which Ray said was for his mother.
"They're all dead," he said. "I just want to get on and make a new life for myself."
After a brief stint with Berlin's emergency youth services, Ray was placed in an institution for assisted living and assigned a legal guardian.
Police and social workers suspect Ray's story is bogus and that his motives are suspect.
A police check in all 16 states of Germany showed that no woman called Doreen had died in a car crash in the past decade.
"The youth office and the Berlin police have great doubts about the boy's story," said the police statement.
"That is the reason why the youth office now decided to publish a photo of Ray and ask for your help."
In October, a Swiss couple reportedly claimed he was their grandson.
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what do you think?
Police should be looking at his accent is it English UK or any other country, living 5 years in the jungle by himself eating what talking to whom, This guy is putting on bet he is an englishman from UK looking to get money and publicity, good luck to him.
If you read the news report he doesn't claim to have been living by himself for 5 years but with his father who died suddenly last August.
I aint no David Attenborough, but last time I checked, Germany doesn't have jungles............
and matthew i'll believe that when they say england has no rain!
Austin, what a genius you are, I'll bet the police never thought of that
I wonder whether his father was in the army or RAF, based in Germany? Any servicemen posted missing around the time his father is supposed to have died?
Its obvious, take a close look at him. He is one of the Weaslies from the Harry Potter Books! Red Hair, Shabby Clothes. I think that he who can not be named has cast a spell on him making him loose his memory.
Amelia Princess Hall
Its one of Camerons kids he left in the pub 5 years ago
Brill! Heh heh Heh!
Lol!!! Good one!
Have they not tried to obtain information about his past under hypnosis?
Itinerant pack packer looking for an easy handout. Where did the money come from to buy the newish back pack & clothes? Selective memory. If you believe his story then I can only surmise you also believe in the tooth fairy!
Are you trying to insinuate that the tooth fairy isnt real???? because i got a fiver the last time i lost a tooth and i didnt put it there!!! and before you say it neither did my wife......lol
Has anyone checked the Ben Needham case, he would now be in his early 20's & just because he went missing in Cyprus doesn't mean he couldn't turn up in Germany. Check out the computer-generated images of when Ben was 10, could be way out, but still worth checking seeing as he has no idea as to who he is.
Claire Justine Gregory
He looks quite similar to Ben Needham, doesn't he?
I've just looked at 'aged' photos of Ben. There is a similarity. Hope they cover all possibilities and don't just dismiss this as a hoax.
Im sure they will check that. They have Bens dna on the national database. There is a kind of likeness though isnt there?
What they dont tell you is that his so called dad was a walking, talking, singing ,dancing bear called mowgli
It sounds like a well bogus story to me. I suspect he's hoping to sell his story and make a fortune! I can just imagine the tabloid newspaper headlines, followed by a book and then a film with Justin Bieber in the starring role... PLEASE GOD, NO!!
"and then a film with Justin Bieber in the starring role... " I'm interested in making the film of his book, any chance, Karmacanic, of you playing the role of the Father? I'll give you 20,000 Euros, but I want a very realistic final scene ...!
This is the real Fernando torres who played for liverpool. This explains his english accent, Chelsea bought he long lost twin who doesn't even like football. Case closed!!
I know its a long shot but is it Lord Lucan or even Glen Miller
Too young - but he could be their Great Grandson.
I hope this is a bogus story. Nine months is a long time to keep up a story in a foreign country knowing that so many facts can be checked out. If he's at the lower end of the age estimate - 16 - then he would only have been 11/12 when he went into the forest, same time as his mum died in the car accident. Could his father or both of them suffered some kind of breakdown at the death of his wife or memory loss? Was the car crash ever reported so there could be no record? Very far fetched but strange things do happen. I hope they get to the bottom of it.
He could be making it up....it's not unusual for attention seekers........one lass I knew told me her Dad and brother died in a horrific car crash......2 days after this revelation, I delivered a parcel (was a courier at the time) to an address which the name looked very familiar........I rang the door bell and who answered and signed for the package?.....said lass's Father!!
rather short and tidy hair for someone that's been living in a forest for 5 years!!
Exactly Wat I was thinkin
Presumably they gave him access to a bathroom and a barber!
ffreem200,yeah and me,also wondering what he,s been living on as he looks pretty healthy,must have been getting his 5 a day. lol.
The article doesn't say his mother died in a car crash IN Germany. Ryan, Ray and Doreen are not typical german names. Perhaps the mum died in a crash over here and the dad then moved him to Germany? Perhaps the mum actually died at hands of dad, hence the secrecy?? Hope they find out the truth soon - really look forward to seeing how this ends.
Or perhaps he murdered both if them
I am guessing this picture is after a wash and haircut, all sounds a bit dubious and too sketchy for my liking, look forward to the unveil.
it sounds like he was attacked and left for dead, you wicked jerk
Donner en blitzen! Ar zeese policmen for real? They haf held zis boy for munthz und hav yet to investigate all ze claims of zis boy properly! Vere did he get zer tent und sleeping bag und clean clothes und new paperbak? How kum he iz remebering his first nom und his date of birth, und his mother und fathers first names und nothing else? Az already haf been pointed out zis is a case of selective memory. Increase zer level of tort... no how do you say? intorregation, he vill zen break und zen ve shall know zer truth! (I've been learning German from a book and a disk since the case first broke. Not bad, eh?)
In english please
you should try another book Mikel
he may be an illegal immigrant trialling a new way of getting into the west and was chosen for it because he is very light skinned.
the majority of these comments are bitter twisted people who appear not to trust anyone. Maybe his story isnt true but we dont know yet.