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MAX FOSTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He was found by the sea, in good health, but without a voice. The piano man, as he's become known, cowers in a corner when approached. His social worker says he's apparently traumatized by something in his past.

Two police officers discovered him on this beach in southeast England just after midnight one night last month. He was smartly dressed in a dark suit and tie but was soaked to the skin. The police drove him to a nearby hospital. When he got there, he drew a picture of a piano, which gave the social worker an idea.

MICHAEL CAMP, SOCIAL WORKER: We took him to the chapel in the local hospital, and as soon as he saw the piano, really, he went over to it and began playing. It was -- there was no music or anything on the piano at the time, so it was obviously something that he knew. Later, we -- we've -- obviously since we know he's gotten a talent there, we've given him pieces of music, and he certainly can read that music because he kind of follows it with his finger as he goes.

FOSTER: His case is being compared to that of the acclaimed pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a nervous breakdown whilst playing, a story told in the film "Shine." A help line set up to identify the piano man is being inundated with calls.

KAREN DOREY-REES, HOSPITAL MANAGER: We haven't been able to get any information regarding where he comes from. His clothing, there are no labels in the clothing. The police as well are certainly in the dark and haven't been able to get any information like that. So there are no clues on his -- on his person as to where he comes from, even if he comes from this country.

FOSTER: So, unless someone recognizes this face, the name of this talented pianist will remain a secret until he, himself, reveals it.

Max Foster, CNN, London.

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S. O'BRIEN: Due to extensive media coverage in the United Kingdom, the National Missing Persons' help line Web site also reports it's been overwhelmed by hundreds of e-mails. They point out, though, they still have not yet gotten the man's identity.

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Fecha: Martes 17 de mayo de 2005
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