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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:09 AM
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German Woman Missing 12 Years Found Alive in Swiss Woods
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,480745,00.html

BERN, Switzerland A German woman missing for 12 years has been found living in the woods on the outskirts of the Swiss capital with nothing more than an umbrella and tarpaulin for shelter, police said Monday.

The 52-year-old woman, whose name was undisclosed, appeared to be healthy after living in the simple shelter near the community of Bolligen for the past year.

Even the ranger who makes regular checks of the woods had failed to notice her before a hiker told police this month that he had seen a woman living there, said Juerg Mosimann, spokesman for the Bern police.

Bolligen's Mayor Rudolf Burger said he was told about the woman on Thursday and found her the next day in the makeshift tent she had constructed.

"She answered our questions and told us she didn't want any contact with her family," he said.

She conversed normally, but she also spoke of a mission that she had to fulfill, Burger added. He declined to elaborate.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:11 AM
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1. It could have been Julie Andrews.
She escaped into Switzerland by the skin of their teeth with the Nazis in hot pursuit.

Thank God she's ok.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:13 AM
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3. I hope she managed to keep all of her favorite things
bed knobs and broomsticks...
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:13 AM
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4. That's right. It meant carrying a lot of stuff into the Alps, but by god
it's worth it.
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:12 AM
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2. wow-i think i admire the shit out of her!!!!!!!
:applause: :applause: :applause:
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:16 AM
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5. Possibly paranoid schizophrenic.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:19 AM
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7. That's what I thought
mental issue of some sort. Don't mean that as a negative.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:43 AM
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8. or a Blues Brother...
she's on a mission...a mission from god.
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John1956PA Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:16 AM
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6. She reminds me of a character from Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth."
I had my doubts as to whether that type of harsh lifestyle would be possible, since it would be out of the question for me. But, given the constitution of certain hearty individuals, it seems possible for them.
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:53 AM
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9. was probably worried bush was going to invade....
she can go home now
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:28 AM
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10. I wonder what she's been eating.
There must be some pretty good foraging in the area.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:33 AM
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11. Sometimes no contact with the family can be a good thing.
;-)
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