Missing boy found alive after surviving 8 days in German sewers – National

An eight-year-old boy has been found alive after going missing, surviving eight days in a sewage system in north-west Germany.

The boy, known only as Joe, disappeared from his childhood home in Oldenburg on June 17, reports the BBC.

His disappearance prompted an enormous search effort, and search parties searched for him for days in vain.

Oldenburg police shared this photo of officers searching for the missing eight-year-old.

Oldenburg police shared this photo of officers searching for the missing eight-year-old.

Oldenburg police

On June 25, a pedestrian contacted local police after they heard noises coming from a manhole just 300 meters from the boy’s home, EuroNews reports.

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Police broke the news by tweeting: “Eight-year-old Joe is alive!”

In a press release, police said they believe Joe crawled through a meter-wide drainpipe near his home into a storm sewer and quickly became disoriented.

When they found the boy, he was completely undressed and suffering from severe hypothermia and dehydration from his eight-day ordeal, but was not seriously injured.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment and examination.

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“From the point of view of the police, it can now be assumed that Joe has increasingly lost his bearings in the system and could no longer find an exit,” the translated statement reads. Police also confirmed that Joe told them he had climbed into the system himself and they ruled out any third-party fault.

After searching the sewage system, police were able to find the boy’s clothes. It remains unclear why the boy removed them.

At one point, officers launched a murder investigation after receiving a false tip that the boy had been seen in the company of an unknown person.

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