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.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.
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.
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...