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Wednesday
Jun132012

German Police Release Photo of Mysterious ‘Forest Boy’

berlin.de/polizei(BERLIN) -- Police in Germany have released a photo of Ray, an English-speaking boy who wandered into central Berlin nearly a year ago claiming he had been living in the woods outside of the capital.

Ray claimed to have no idea who he was when he wondered into Berlin, and said that he had been living in the woods for five years. Now, after almost a year later, he’s sticking to his story, confounding German police.

“The whole thing is still a mystery,” Thomas Neuendorf of the Berlin police told thelocal.de. “We have conducted all the investigations we know how, We have compared his DNA with international missing persons lists, we’ve made public appeals, we’ve sent his fingerprints around the world to see if he was involved in anything picked up by authorities anywhere but have come up with nothing.”

The youth originally spoke just English, but in a way that authorities said suggested it was not his mother tongue. Specialists were unable to determine where he was from.

“Certain aspects of his DNA indicate he most likely comes from Europe,” said Neuendorf.

The boy, who says he was born in 1994, is estimated to be between sixteen and twenty years old with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. Ray claims that his mother Doreen was killed in a car accident when he was twelve, and that has father Ryan had taken him to live in the woods for five years where the two sheltered in tents or hunting sheds.

He says his father was killed when he fell over last August, and his final instructions to his son were to walk north until you find civilization and seek help.

And walk he did – for five days he claims — arriving in Central Berlin with nothing but a two-man tent and a sleeping bag in a backpack. He was wearing a gold chain around his neck with a pendant in the shape of the letter D, a tribute to his mother.

A search for the father’s body has turned up no results, leading to further skepticism about Ray’s story.

“There were things that did not fit with his story. He was relatively clean and the tent he had with him did not look like it had been used for five years. It was also simply unimaginable that someone could live near Berlin for such a long time without being seen,” Neuendorf told the local.

Yet the mystery endures and the boy is apparently less than forthcoming when discussing his past.

“Whenever we want to go into details with him, he breaks it off, saying both of his parents are dead, and that no one else knows him. He seems to have an astounding lack of interest in finding out who he is,” Neuendorf said.

Ray is currently living in a youth housing project and in good health, but he cannot live there forever and his future is ambiguous at best.

Ultimately, the resolution of Ray’s story may not come with the discovery of a past identity, but with the creation of a new one.

“At some time he will have to be given a family name, a nationality and an official date of birth — that is the law in this country,” said Neuendorf.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr302012

Mystery Deepens Into British Spy’s Death

BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Post mortem examinations of the British spy found dead in his bathtub two years ago have failed to determine how he died. Three pathologists have told the official inquest into his death that asphyxiation or poisoning were the most likely possible causes, but the decomposition of his body prevented them from reaching any firm conclusions.

The naked body of Gareth Williams was found curled up inside a zipped and locked duffle bag in the empty bathtub of his London apartment in 2010. Scotland Yard has been unable to solve the case after a nearly two-year investigation. At the time of his death Williams was working in London as a code breaker for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6.

Tests are still being carried out on DNA fragments found by forensic scientists in the apartment, and which are believed to be from at least two other unknown people.

Pathologist Dr. Benjamin Swift has told the court that the post mortem was hampered by decomposition of the body, made worse by heating from radiators inside the apartment, which inexplicably were switched on in the middle of summer. Although no trace of poison was found in the body of Gareth Williams, Swift said it could have disappeared from his system in the ten days it took for his corpse to be discovered and then examined.

Another pathologist who gave evidence at the inquest said he believed Williams was probably alive when he entered the sports bag, which was fastened with an outside padlock. No signs of struggle were detected on the body of the intelligence officer. The court was told by two experts last week that it was highly unlikely that the spy would have been able to lock himself into the bag.

Williams was working in London after being seconded to the British spy agency by GCHQ, Britain’s secret electronic surveillance agency, where he had previously been employed. His former boss at GCHQ has told the inquest that he was a “world class intelligence officer.” “He was considered something of a prodigy,” Stephen Gale told the court.

His manager at MI6 has called him “a fully deployable, highly talented officer” who had passed exams to do some of MI6′s toughest covert work six months before he was found dead in August 2010.

Police are still treating his death as suspicious and unexplained. The inquest has been told by police that there was no indication of a break-in at the apartment, and nothing to suggest evidence at the scene was destroyed.

Police say thousands of dollars worth of women’s designer clothes were discovered at his apartment, as well as wigs and make-up. Two friends of the dead man have testified that, to their knowledge, Williams was not gay and had no interest in cross-dressing. The inquest has heard that a police examination of the spy’s computer and phone has shown that he made occasional visits to bondage websites and websites about claustrophilia, or the love of enclosure. No classified information was found at his apartment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Dec042011

Gary Giordano Says He Has No Idea How Robyn Disappeared

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gary Giordano, the lone suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner in Aruba, said he believes human traffickers may be behind it, but he couldn't explain how they might have made off with the woman.

Giordano and Gardner were snorkeling on Aug. 2 off the coast of Aruba when she went missing.

"At some point I became distressed and found out that I had a problem coming back to shore. Robyn was, I thought, behind me, and she wasn't. I turned, did not see her, and I went for help," Giordano said this morning on Good Morning America.

Giordano last saw Gardner at around 4:15 p.m., but he did not tell anyone she was missing until 6 p.m., an hour and 45 minutes later.

Giordano told GMA last week that Gardner may have been kidnapped as part of a human trafficking crime.

"What you don't know about Aruba is Aruba has two main sources of income and it's not tourism—it's cocaine and human trafficking," Giordano said. "And where we were, it takes a half hour to drive a boat to Venezuela ... and it turns out that where we were, the beach, that's where they drop off illegals to swim to shore." But today, he said that he doesn't "know how that would work."

Prosecutors have told ABC News that they do not find the human trafficking theory credible.

No charges have been brought against Giordano, and prosecutors have not found a body, a motive, or a weapon.

"They exhausted every resource possible on the island of Aruba and the United States and Holland, and found zero evidence that implicates Gary. There's plenty of fodder going on and plenty of nonsense and stories ... but there's absolutely nothing that indicates that Gary is guilty of anything," Giordano's attorney, Jose Baez, said Sunday.

Skeptics have questioned Giordano's lack of emotion in his previous interviews. In his lengthy interview on GMA, Giordano only said Gardner's name once.

When asked today if he misses Gardner, Giordano said "I do miss her and I personally feel like I'll see her again it seems. That's how I feel in my mind. I just haven't come to grasps with, she's gone."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov222011

Australia: Man Leaves $1 Million at Cafe

Brand X Pictures/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Australian police do not know how much money was stuffed into a suitcase left in a cafe Tuesday because they are still counting it. A rough estimate, however, is $1 million in Australian dollars.

The customer who left it behind at the Caffe Marco in the Sydney suburb of Burwood clearly did not intend it as a tip.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an employee of a business next to the cafe said the man entered the cafe with the suitcase soon after 8 a.m., ordered a coffee and “anxiously” chatted with a couple nearby. Then he abruptly left, without the suitcase, the report said.

Several past reports suggest Sydney’s suburbs, including Burwood and Ashfield, are home to criminal activity by Asian gangs. The owners of the Caffe Marco feared the suitcase contained a bomb and put it on the sidewalk outside the cafe until police arrived, the Herald said.

The release said police were looking for an Asian male in his 30s, wearing a yellow shirt and grey shorts, who was “acting suspiciously inside the cafe a short time before the incident.”

A 49-year-old man fitting the police description was in custody, the Herald said. A medical condition forced him to be taken to a hospital, where he was under police watch, the Herald said.

No one answered the telephone at Caffe Marco. An officer at Burwood Police Station declined to comment further, referring inquiries to the media office at the New South Wales Police headquarters in Sydney, which was closed for the night.

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