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Missing man wanders out of the wild

The Local · 30 Dec 2010, 09:31

Published: 30 Dec 2010 09:31 GMT+01:00

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The man was reported missing by his employer in the town of Rudolstadt on August 4, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday. Considered a reliable worker, he had not turned up to the office and attempts to contact him had failed.

However, a subsequent search for the man was unsuccessful.

Later his wallet with money and an insurance card were found in the city of Eisenach, leading police to consider the possibility he had met with an accident or been the victim of some crime.

But on Wednesday, the man reported himself to police in the market town of Bad Steben in Bavaria. Police identified him from a picture on the missing persons database as the man reported lost in Thuringia four months earlier.

The man, who had absolutely no money, had been living in the forest since late summer.

He was dragged back to civilisation only by the sub-zero temperatures of recent days.

The man had been walking through the forest, moving from mountain hut to hut. He collected bottles thrown away by hikers and occasionally went into villages, collected the recycling refunds and bought food.

Around the start of December, his shoes and clothing had become wet, while his sleeping back could no longer hold the bitter winter cold at bay.

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He resolved to finally end his walking tour and presented himself to the police about two kilometres south of the state border between Bavaria and Thuringia.

Authorities there put him up for the night and gave him a train ticket home. It is not know exactly why the man so abruptly gave up his life to live in the forest.

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09:55 December 30, 2010 by freechoice
how did ancient germans survive without heizung and heisswasser.

modern 'civilisation' made us too dependent on modern material comfort
10:30 December 30, 2010 by catjones
I did this once myself. Only difference was I went from Marriott to Marriott.
12:37 December 30, 2010 by Mh0926
None knows why but only himself.

Glad he is back safely
14:42 December 30, 2010 by elboertjie
haha, his 'sleeping back'!

I wonder how he managed to walk around for so long with a sleeping back, doesn't one fall over when that happens. What about the incessant needles-and-pins feeling on one's back whilst lying inside his sleeping bag?
15:21 December 30, 2010 by sramakri
It is rather adventurous to chuck the job and move around in a forest alone. Wonder how much he will get for his wilderness memoirs?
15:25 December 30, 2010 by hanskarl
He couldn't bear the thought of watching "It's a Wonderful Life" for the 35 time and in a panic fled the comforts of home. But as the cold began to affect his "back" he decided he wanted to make certain he was home in time for "Dinner for One."
16:27 December 30, 2010 by danamcmahon
it will never replace a warm German Lodge good beer and food.

So he probably is stupid and crazy.
00:08 December 31, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Will there now be a German version of the movie "Into the Wild"?
17:03 December 31, 2010 by Yontrop
hanskarl, I think it was Der kleine Lord that he was fleeing from. I hope he gets his back woken up soon.

perdido, That would be, "Das ist die deutscher Weg!" But Germans would probably say, "So sind die Deutschen!"

I can just picture how the scene would have played out in the US... arrested for vagrancy and driven to the county line in a "black and white".
00:03 January 4, 2011 by MaKo
errr, der deutsche Weg, anyone?
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