Police in Germany have identified a young man who wandered into Berlin claiming he had lived in the woods for five years.
The English-speaking person said his father called him “Ray” and he was born on June 20, 1994, but he said he did not know his last name, according to an article on msnbc.com .
Ray reportedly said his father, Ryan, died in August after falling over and told him to walk north to find civilization.
ABC News said Ray claimed he walked for five days and reached Berlin. He was wearing a necklace with the letters "D" and "R."
However, police said his father’s body was not found, he looked clean and the tent did not look like it has been used for five years which added skepticism to his story, according to the article.
After nine months, his story had not changed. His DNA has been compared with international missing persons reports and his fingerprints have been sent across the globe, but there have been no results.
German police released photos of him this week, hoping someone could help identify him.
Good Morning America said Friday Ray has been identified as 20-year-old Robin van Helsum from the Dutch town of Hengelo.
Helsum’s stepmother identified him and police determined his story is now believed to be a lie, according to the article.
Police reportedly said they do not know the motive behind the hoax and are questioning him. Read more.
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