Tuesday, August 17, 2004

VARIOUS: Mystery Man found in Virginia says he is Swiss

NEWPORT NEWS -- A German-speaking man who was found unconscious hasn't been able to provide police with many reliable details about who he is or how he got to Virginia. This reports the Hampton Roads Daily Press.

Paramedics were called to Chesapeake Avenue - near the intersection with Park Avenue - on July 30 and found the man lying on the ground beside a vacant house. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he remained unconscious until Aug. 3.

When he came to, the man identified himself as Peter Flach and said he was from Switzerland. He had no identification on him and has not been able to provide police with an address, phone number or a relative's name.

Officer Holly Hileman, a spokeswoman for the Newport News Police Department, said the man doesn't know how he got to Newport News and has alternately said he fell out of a plane and off of a boat.

Police are hoping someone might recognize the man, help positively identify him and explain how he got to Newport News.

The birth date the man provided to police puts him in his 50s. He's a 5-foot-6-inch white male, weighs 140 pounds, is balding with a full gray beard and moustache and has brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Newport News police at 757-247-2500 or Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP.

Copyright: Hampton Roads Daily Press


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