In 2011 a young man wandered into a German police station and told office workers, "I'm all alone in the world, I don't know who I am. Please help me." He claimed he had amnesia and had been living alone in the forest for at least five years.
According to an MSNBC story, "The boy, who authorities say is in good health and calls himself Ray, showed up in Berlin on Sept. 5 carrying a backpack and sleeping bag ... He said he was 17 and told officials he and his dad were living in tents and huts until his father died recently. He has no identity card, no papers, no passport, nothing."
Ray, who spoke fluent English and a few words of German, said he remembered nothing else about his family or early life except that his mother died in a car accident. He buried his father in the forest two weeks before setting off, under his late father's instructions, to seek help in Berlin.
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Ray became world-famous as the mysterious "forest boy," though authorities grew suspicious of his story as weeks and months passed with no new leads to support his story. For example Ray was unable to lead investigators to the forest where he claimed to have lived for five years, despite, apparently, having walked to Berlin from those woods just weeks earlier.