Monday, June 18, 2012

Missing boy lives in forest for five years- NOT!

Well, speaking of missing persons, here's an angle I hadn't previously considered in Jack Gordon's case.  It seems a young man wandered into a government building in Berlin, Germany several months ago, claiming that he had spent the last five years living in the forest, initially with his father. 
     He said his mother, Doreen, died in a car accident when he was 12 and after that he and his father, Ryan, took to the forest. He said they wandered using maps and a compass, staying in tents or caves overnight.
     He told authorities that after his father died in August 2011, he buried him in the forest and then walked five days north before ending up in Berlin, and showed up at city hall Sept. 5.
Well, the entire story turns out to be a fake, big surprise, eh? A former girlfriend recognized his picture on a news story and tipped the police. The man had been reported missing from his home in the Netherlands just a few days before he turned up in the Berlin police station.

There is, however, one comment from the article that bears consideration when dealing with adult missing persons.
     Berlin police said even though he had been reported missing, there was no active investigation into his disappearance because there was no evidence of foul play and he was an adult. 
 This presumption can influence the decisions made by authorities when an adult goes missing. Often it turns out to be the correct presumption.  But not always...


  1. I do not think anyone could live in the forest in Germany for even one year, without some sort of contact with civilization for food and supplies. So without saying anymore, I call BS on the story, which by the way was proven false anyway.

    The secondary purpose of this post, is to see how many misplaced commas can be strewn about.


  2. I, on the other hand, loving commas, use them, mostly incorrectly, at every, single, solitary writing opportunity, for better, or perhaps, for worse.

  3. Perhaps Jack slipped into an irreversible comma...