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An 8-year-old boy who disappeared in a German city sewer was found alive after eight days

A robot equipped with a camera is to help track how Joe could have entered the sewer system in Oldenburg, Germany.

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  • An 8-year-old boy who disappeared for over a week in Germany was found alive in a sewer.
  • The boy was found completely undressed and with severe dehydration and hypothermia.
  • Police have ruled out third-party involvement, saying the boy is likely to have gotten lost in the sewer.
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An 8-year-old boy in Germany who disappeared for eight days was found alive in a sewer, reports say.

The boy, who has only been identified as Joe, disappeared on June 17, triggering an extensive search.

Police in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, initially said they feared the boy, who they said had a learning disability, could misinterpret the search for him as a game and hide from them. CNN reported.

Joe was eventually found just 300 yards from his home under a manhole last Saturday after a passerby reported hearing noises under the street. said.

The boy was found completely undressed and with severe dehydration and hypothermia, but was not seriously injured, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“After assessing all the tracks and tracks, officers now assume Joe crawled through a drain into the rainwater sewer system on the day of his disappearance and lost orientation after several meters,” the police statement said.

The boy probably climbed into the concrete pipe while playing, police said, and climbed along it for 23 meters. He then followed the sewer system through a plastic pipe about 60 centimeters in diameter.

Police said they have ruled out any third-party involvement at this time.

At one point in the investigation, police launched a homicide investigation after receiving a tip that the boy had been seen with an unknown person, according to the police statement. This later turned out to be false.

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An 8-year-old boy who disappeared in a German city sewer was found alive after eight days

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