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Missing 8-year-old boy found alive after more than a week in sewers

Jun 29, 2022, 3:18 PM
26 June 2022, Oldenburg: Damian Bodde (l) and Marc Meyerholz prepare a robot for use. Eight days af...
26 June 2022, Oldenburg: Damian Bodde (l) and Marc Meyerholz prepare a robot for use. Eight days after his disappearance, eight-year-old Joe was discovered in a manhole in Oldenburg. A robot equipped with a camera is to help trace the way Joe might have entered the sewer system. Photo: Martin Remmers/dpa (Photo by Martin Remmers/picture alliance via Getty Images)
(Photo by Martin Remmers/picture alliance via Getty Images)

(CNN) — An 8-year-old boy was found alive in a sewer eight days after he went missing in Oldenburg, northwestern Germany.

The boy, identified by authorities only as Joe, was reported missing on the afternoon of June 17.

Joe was eventually rescued from the sewer system after a passer-by in the local area heard noises coming from a manhole cover early on Saturday morning and alerted the emergency services, the Oldenburg-Stadt / Ammerland police department said in a statement Tuesday.

Joe was found just 1,000 feet from his home address and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and dehydration.

Police said they didn’t believe anyone else was involved in the incident.

An initial police report described Joe as having a learning disability. While the search was ongoing, they said he might misinterpret it as a game and continue hiding.

Joe’s surname hasn’t been made public, in accordance with Germany’s privacy laws.

Immediately after the rescue, investigators started scanning the drainage system for clues to how he disappeared.

The authorities concluded Joe most likely climbed into a concrete drainage pipe while playing, and then crawled into the sewer system through a canal and got lost after several meters.

Investigators said that, between the entrance to the drainage system and the place where Joe was found, there are drainage manhole shafts and junctions at regular intervals where he was able to stand up.

Joe told police in an initial statement that he became increasingly disoriented while stuck in the sewers and was unable to find his way out.

“We are so happy — truly,” said police spokesman Stephan Klatte, according to CNN affiliate N-TV.

“That is absolute luck. Of course, there was a possibility that we wouldn’t find the child there. Possibly — if he had not made a sound or these noises would not have been heard, then we may not have found him there at all,” Klatte added.

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Missing 8-year-old boy found alive after more than a week in sewers