A Norwegian man who was reported missing in 2005 has been found in Denmark. Police told Danish media that he apparently had been living in tent in a forest outside the town of Fredericia in southern Denmark for at least the past few weeks.
A local hotel had called police after finding the man scavenging for food in one of their dumpsters. When police checked his identity, they also solved a nine-year-old missing persons case, reported Danish TV channel Danmarkc.tv.
He’s never been charged with any crime but his family in Norway had reported him missing after not hearing from him for several years. It remained unclear whether he’d been living in Denmark during the entire period since his family filed a missing persons report.
“We couldn’t get him to tell us why he disappeared from his home in Norway or where he has been living since,” Henrik Dam of the Sydøstjyllands police district told newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
The Norwegian expressed a desire, however, to be allowed to return to Norway and he was put on a ferry back to Norway on Saturday to be reunited with his family. Danish police described the case as “very special,” with Dam calling it “highly unusual” that a man could be missing since 2005 without anyone encountering him or registering his identity.