An eight-year-old boy has been found alive after going missing and surviving eight days in a sewage system in northwestern Germany.
The boy, who is only referred to as Joe, went missing from his family home in Oldenburg on June 17, the BBC reports.
His disappearance sparked a massive search, and searches were in vain for days looking for him.
On June 25, a pedestrian contacted local police after hearing noises coming from a manhole just 300 meters from the boy’s home, EuroNews reports.
Police announced the news by tweeting:Eight-year-old Joe is alive†
In a press release, the police say they believe that Joe crawled through a meter wide drain pipe into the stormwater sewer near his house and quickly became disoriented.
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When they found the boy, he was completely undressed, suffering severe hypothermia and dehydration from his eight-day ordeal, but not seriously injured.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and evaluation.
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“From the point of view of the police, it can now be assumed that Joe became increasingly lost in the system and was unable to find an exit,” the translated statement reads. Police also confirmed that Joe had told them he climbed into the system himself and that they ruled out malicious intent.
After searching the sewage system, the police were able to locate the boy’s clothing. It is still 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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