16 Jun 2012

Hoax forest boy exposed

6:35 am on 16 June 2012

A boy who turned up last year in Berlin claiming to have spent five years living rough in the German countryside has been exposed as a hoaxer.

He claimed to be a teenager named Ray whose mother died when he was 12. He said he lived with his father in caves or in a tent until his father's death.

He told police he had forgotten his surname and original home.

But residents of Hengelo in the Netherlands identified him from photos as a man, Robin, 20, who left town three days before showing up in Berlin in the guise of lost youth last September.

His photo was published worldwide on Tuesday and his stepmother recognised him from the photo.