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Outer Circle: "Forest Boy" story is a ruse

Police Friday revealed that so-called Forest Boy was in fact a hoax.

The boy was discovered in Berlin last year, with little memories of his life besides having lived for years in a forest.

Police say he's really from the Netherlands and friends recognized him after his picture was publicized.

Frederik Pleitgen is in Berlin. We asked him why this boy made up this story?

Police: 'Forest Boy' story is a hoax

The story of the so-called Forest Boy - a riddle that has perplexed people in Germany and elsewhere for months - is a lie, police in Germany said Friday.

The 20-year-old hoaxer, who claimed he was 17 and lived in the German woods for five years, is actually from Hengelo, in the Netherlands. He never lived in the forest and made his way to Berlin some time last year, police said.

He had been declared missing in September when he was 19. But because he was an adult and could determine where he wanted to live, there was no further investigation by Dutch authorities, police in Germany said.

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