Police had hoped that a legal guardian would give permission for a photograph to be released of the boy in a worldwide appeal for information. They also hoped that further linguistic analysis, DNA sampling or dental records might provide clues to his identity.But the boy has so far refused all offers to help him discover his history and have his photograph published. Instead he wants "to be left to get on with his life".
A police spokesman confirmed that a legal guardian - a female social worker - had been appointed by the family court on Monday afternoon, but that contrary to their hopes the move had so far failed to unlock the investigation.We can speculate long and pleasurably about what this boy's story really is (if he is really a boy, and not an adult passing himself off as 17), what he is trying to hide, and who he is trying to protect. I am betting more will be revealed in a few days.
"Unfortunately it seems that the boy told his guardian that he wasn't interested in discovering who he was," Thomas Neuendorf, of the Berlin Police, told The Daily Telegraph.
"The boy said that his father had told him that there were no relatives, save his parents. The boy said that since both parents were dead there was no family to appeal to.
"We've asked the guardian to speak to the boy again and try to change his mind," Mr Neuendorf said. "At this point a worldwide public appeal may be the only way will ever discover who he really is."