'Piano Man' is not Czech musician, officials say

LONDON — Reports that a mysterious hospital patient who loves to play the piano is a Czech musician have been discounted, British officials said today.

"Piano Man," the anonymous patient, has refused to say a word since he was found, distressed and soaking wet, in southern England on April 7.

A spokeswoman for the National Missing Persons Helpline said the Czech Republic's consulate has determined that Tomas Strnad, who some thought was "Piano Man," was in Prague.

The Helpline charity is sifting through information provided by hundreds of callers for clues to the man's identity. The spokeswoman said there had been many interesting calls about the mystery man but none had been definitive.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper published a picture of Strnad taken some 20 years ago when he was about 15, and quoted another Czech musician, Klaudius Kryspin, as saying he thought "Piano Man" was Strnad.

The picture of Strnad bears a resemblance to a published photograph of the patient hospitalized in Britain. Kryspin reportedly said he had not seen Strnad in years.

British health officials have said the patient, who is tall and blond with a thin frame, is in his 20s or early 30s.

He is being cared for in a psychiatric unit at Dartford, southeast England.

Agencias: Associated Press
Medio: HoustonChronicle.com
Fecha: Jueves 2 de junio de 2005
ID: 1940 Editar

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