'I'm not Piano Man'
A CZECH musician today put an end to speculation that the mystery Piano Man was him.
It was hoped that the mystery man, who was found wandering near a Kent beach more than seven weeks ago, would be identified as Tomas Strnad.
But last night Mr Strnad made an appearance on Czech television to put an end to the rumours.
He said: "I just want to set the record straight so that the people are not lied to. It is not me, it is somebody else."
Another man, Michael Kocab, who had put forward the theory that his friend was the Piano Man, then appeared in the same report saying he may have made a mistake.
The development again throws wide open the identity of the mystery man who has not spoken since he was discovered wandering aimlessly near the beach in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey wearing a dripping wet suit and tie.
More than 1,100 people worldwide have contacted a special helpline set up to try and identify "Mr X", who stunned carers with a four-hour "virtuoso" piano performance.
About 250 possible names and a number of different nationalities have been suggested but the Strnad lead was described as "significant" with plans to bring in a Czech interpreter already in motion.
The West Kent NHS Trust, which is caring for Mr X, said today: "Bringing in a Czech interpreter is something that we could do anyway because we have used a limited number of languages but it may become less of a priority now.
"Inquiries over his identity are ongoing and there is no one lead that is
stronger than the other. It is a slow process in that every lead has to be checked out thoroughly."
All efforts to communicate with the shy and agitated Piano Man, who is in his 20s or early 30s, have failed, leaving experts baffled over his identity.
Bizarrely, all the labels in the clothes he was wearing when he was found by police on April 7 had been removed, making it even harder to find out who he is.
Staff at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, where he was first taken, gave him a pen and paper in the hope he would write his name or draw his country’s flag.
Instead, he drew highly detailed pictures of a grand piano, showing not only the keys, but 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". Since then, he has written music, but remains mute.
It was initially thought the man, who has been described as "very vulnerable", may have attended a local funeral, but inquiries proved he had not been to any services nearby.
Then interpreters from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania were brought in to see if he was from eastern Europe or if he was an asylum seeker, but no one could get through to the man, who is tall and thin.
He recently had an upright piano installed in his room at the secure north Kent mental health unit where he is being held and doctors have been considering using music and art therapy to try to communicate with him.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700 700.Medio:
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