There evidently was a drunken Turkish man who allegedly found himself in the woods after he had been assisting in an hours-long search party for….wait for it….himself.
According to a Wednesday report from the Daily Mail, 50-year-old Turkey resident Beyhan Mutlu was an individual who lived in the northwestern Bursu province’s Inegol district, and he had reportedly been drinking with his group of friends and decided to flee into the forests of Cayyaka.
Mutlu’s friends became concerned when they were unable to locate him after several hours. This prompted Mutlu’s life to report him missing.
The Turkish officials immediately formed a search party, and this group began scouring the area for the missing man.
Meanwhile, during the time that Mr. Mutlu was wandering in the forest, he eventually stumbled on the search party that was combing the trees for…you guessed it….himself! However, he was too intoxicated to realize that he was searching for himself. To his credit though, he did join the search party at least!
Mutlu was very dedicated to searching for the missing person, looking high and low through the woods. However, it was when one of the members of the search party began calling out his name that he realized what was going on. Mutlu allegedly responded, “Who are we looking for? I am here.”
The Daily Mail reported that the law enforcement officials proceeded to take him aside in order to confirm his identity. During questioning, Mutlu was reportedly concerned that he was going to get into trouble with his family.
“Don’t punish me too harshly, officer,” he reportedly said, and the officers couldn’t help but notice that he was particularly concerned over the reaction that his father might have.
He apparently added, “My father will kill me.”
However, at the end of the day, the rescue workers did go ahead and transport Mutlu home after he had been found.
According to the local reports, the man was unhurt. It is not known at the time of reporting this incident whether Mutlu will face charges because of this bizarre event.
Not The First Time
The Sun reported a similar incident had occurred in 2012 when a woman who had been reported missing in Iceland ultimately ended up “finding herself” as well.
“The mix-up occurred when the woman left the tourist group and changed clothes,” the outlet reported. “When she returned to the group in a different outfit, the rest of the group did not recognize her and she was reported missing. The tourist participated in the intense police search over the course of a weekend after not noticing the missing person description was indeed her.”
Hours later, the search party was called off when the group realized that the woman for whom they’d been searching had been in their party all along.