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German police: "Forest Boy" story a hoax

One News Page Staff
Friday, 15 June 2012

German police: Forest Boy story a hoaxby

Police in Berlin confirmed the identity of a mysterious "Forest Boy", who claimed to have lived in the woods for several years, as a 20-year-old Dutch man who invented the story

BERLIN, Germany -- The true identity of a youth who made headlines across the German media after turning up at Berlin City Hall last year claiming to have lived in the woods for five years has now been determined.

German police said the mysterious "Forest Boy" turned out to be a 20-year-old Dutch national named Robin van Helsum who was actually living in the Dutch city of Hengelo until shortly before he travelled to Berlin.

Thomas Neuendorf of the Berlin police confirmed that van Helsum admitted the whole forest story wasn't true. When confronted with the news that a friend from the Netherlands had identified him following a police photo broadcast on TV, van Helsum said: "OK, you got me - I am Robin and I made the whole story up."

The whole hoax story may turn out not to be a laughing matter at the end, however. German police now say van Helsum could be charged with welfare fraud, as he received accommodation and care from the Berlin youth services and was even assigned a legal guardian.

Image credit: Berlin.de / Polizei
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Source: Newsy.com - on June 15, 2012

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German 'Forest Boy' Story Revealed as Hoax

The mystery of ‘forest boy’ who turned up in Berlin nine months ago was finally solved after his photo was shared with the media worldwide.

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