'Piano Man' Mystery No Closer to Solution


Police and social workers are no closer to finding out the identity of the so-called Piano Man, it was confirmed today.

A theory that he may be a Czech musician called Tomas Strnad is just one of 250 that are being investigated, a spokeswoman for the National Missing Persons Helpline said.

The mystery man who stunned carers with a four-hour virtuoso piano performance has not spoken since he was found wandering aimlessly near the beach in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, more than seven weeks ago, wearing a dripping wet suit and tie.

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 and communicate with him.

More than 1,100 people worldwide have contacted a special helpline set up to try and identify the man and 250 possible names and a number of different nationalities have been suggested.

It was reported in today’s Mail on Sunday that friends of a classically trained pianist named Mr Strnad who once played in a four-piece tribute rock band called Ropotamo, are “convinced” he is the Piano Man.

A National Missing Persons Helpline spokeswoman said today: “We have heard about this chap but we have had 250 names suggested to us so it’s just another one that we have got to look into.

“Everybody (the media) is excited about this but we don’t know until we look into it properly.

“We have got lots of possible names we are going through. No one of these is standing out at the moment. Many of them could be plausible.

“It’s another one to add to the list.”

When asked if they were any closer to finding out the Piano Man’s true identity, she said: “No...250 different names, that’s what we’re looking at.”

Autor: Anna Farley
Medio: Scotsman.com
Fecha: Domingo 29 de mayo de 2005
Notas: ©2005 Scotsman.com
ID: 1922 Editar

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