Police in Germany have released a photo of the English-speaking teenager dubbed the 'forest boy' after he turned up at Berlin city Hall claiming he had spent the last five years living in a forest.
All attempts to identify the boy have been unsuccessful, and police are hoping the release of his photo may help them trace his family.
The boy told authorities that his father called him Ray and that he was born on June 20 1994, but does not remember his surname. He said after his mother died in a car accident when he was 12 his father took him into the forest.
They then spent the next five years staying in tents or caves. He said after his father died last year he buried him in the forest and walked five days north, eventually ending up in Berlin.
Ray showed up at the city hall in Berlin wearing an necklace with a pendant shaped with the letter D, after his mother Doreen. He told authorities at the time:
Investigators have not been able to corroborate his story; they have no record of a 'Doreen' dying in a car crash, and have so far been unable to locate the body of his dead father.
The boy had previously refused to give permission for his photograph to be released. Police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told The Telegraph:
Ray is now being taken care of by youth services, and is going to school. When he first appeared he spoke only English, and only a few words of German.
He now speaks more German and has apparently adapted well to city life and technology, using a laptop and mobile phone with no difficulties. Neuendorf said:
Ray does not speak English with a particular accent, leading investigators to believe that he is not a native speaker, however there are no indications of what his native tongue might be.
Police in Berlin want anyone with any information to contact them.