Bizarre twist in Piano Man mystery


Police and social workers are examining a number of new leads today to try to identify a man who has not spoken but stunned them by giving a virtuoso piano performance.

The so-called 'Piano Man' has not uttered a word since police picked him up wandering aimlessly near the beach in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, in the early hours of April 7, dressed in a dripping wet suit and tie.

In a bizarre twist, it has also emerged that all the labels from his clothes had been removed, making it even harder to identify him.

All efforts to communicate with the shy and agitated man, aged in his 20s or early 30s, have failed, leaving experts baffled over his identity and where he is from.

Staff at the Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, gave the mystery man a pen and paper in the hope he would write his name or draw his country's flag.

Instead the patient drew highly-detailed pictures of a grand piano, showing not only the keys but also the intricate inner workings of the instrument.

When his social worker, Michael Camp, showed him a piano in the hospital chapel, he played classical music "beautifully" for up to four hours. Since then, he has written music, but remains mute.

Helpline inundated

A helpline set up to identify the mystery man has received more than 160 calls so far.

However, Mr Camp said yesterday it was possible his identity might never be known.

He said: "If nobody can name this guy then I don't see how we can possibly find out.

"The only other way is if we get expert people working with him who are able to use his music and get his [identity]."

A spokesman from West Kent NHS Trust said that sorting through all the information received after a public appeal would take several days.

The man is now being held in a secure mental health unit in north Kent until a full assessment has been carried out.

At a press conference in Dartford yesterday organised by the West Kent NHS Trust, a spokeswoman said the 'Piano Man' was very vulnerable.

"He's not talking at all," she said. "He's very frightened. He's drawing, but not to communicate.

"We are aware that he is a very vulnerable man and we would be putting him in a dangerous situation if we let him go."

She urged anyone with any information about the man to contact the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700 700.

Medio: The Daily Mail
Fecha: Martes 17 de mayo de 2005
Notas: ©2005 Associated Newspapers Ltd
ID: 1523 Editar

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