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Forest-boy riddle for German police

Berlin police are investigating the case of an English-speaking teenager who appeared in the German capital saying he had lived for the last five years in the woods with his father.

The boy, aged about 17, appeared at Berlin's city hall on September 5 and was then taken in by a youth emergency centre.

Police said the boy claims that he and his father took to the woods about five years ago after his mother died and have been living in a tent and earth huts.

The boy - who says he does not remember where the family came from - claims he followed his compass north after his father recently died, reaching Berlin after walking for two weeks.

The boy appears to be in good health and police have issued a Europe-wide appeal to try to determine his identity.

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