German police are investigating a couple who reportedly kept their son at home in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth for 30 years. The man, who is now 43, has rarely been seen since he stopped attending school at the age of 13. Police say he looked neglected but not underfed, and stress they may not press charges.
The mother told local media “he didn’t want to go out”, and she had only wanted to protect him. The police were alerted to the mysterious case by a tip-off last month, and took the man from his home to hospital for a check-up. He has not been identified because of strict German privacy laws. ‘Maybe he wanted it that way’
They refused to speak of a “rescue”, and said it was more likely to be a family tragedy than a criminal case. “We do not know exactly since when the man lived there without regular contact with the outside world, nor do we know what the situation really looked like – for example, whether or not he had the opportunity to leave the premises,” police spokesman Juergen Stadter told journalists. Read more