British still seek 'Piano Man's' identity

LONDON - Police and health officials said Monday they are still sifting through information provided by more than 1,000 callers in hopes of identifying a mysterious hospital patient who loves to play the piano.

The man, who has been nicknamed "Piano Man," has not said a word since he was found wandering, distressed and soaking wet, on the Isle of Sheppey in southeast England on April 7.

Instead, he has drawn pictures of pianos and given a number of impromptu piano concerts.

On Friday, a piano was installed in the room at the psychiatric unit in Dartford where he is being cared for. News reports said staff are considering using music and art therapy to try to communicate with him; more conventional methods are not suitable because of his refusal to talk.

Adrian Lowther, spokesman for the West Kent National Health Service Trust, on Monday denied news reports that officials have narrowed down the number of possible identities for the man from several hundred to three.

"It is not true. We are starting to work through the list of names that we have been given and that's going to take some time," he said.

"You can imagine how much information we have been provided with."

Health officials last week released a picture of the man, who is tall and blonde with a thin frame. He is aged in his 20s or early 30s.

Agencias: Associated Press
Fecha: Lunes 23 de mayo de 2005
ID: 1538 Editar

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