Missing Argentinean resurfaces after 15 years – in different country!

2018-06-18 16:26
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An Argentinean man reported missing 15 years ago when he was just a teenager, has been found in Peru and appears to have lost his memory.

The 15-year-old Ariel Alberto Naser left home on 14 January 2003 and never came back.

He was reported as an "unsafe missing person" by the organisation Missing Children.

Over the past 15 years nothing new came to light about him, until last Monday when Ariel was found in the Peruvian capital Lima.

The young Argentinean man, now 30, lives on the street and says he doesn’t remember his name or those of his family members.

Ariel, who has a big scar across his face, told the woman who found him he doesn’t know who his family are.

He’s from Chincha, a city in Peru.

Florence Arce Ross, the woman who made a video recording of Ariel, says she initially approached him to give him money when she saw him walking in the neighbourhood of San Borja begging.

"I was coming out of a meeting when he appeared. He called my attention and I approached him.

“From his body language I could tell he wasn’t aggressive. He was calm and I wasn’t scared of approaching him.

"I was more worried that he couldn’t answer my questions."

Florence took the man to the police station because she was worried about his mental health. There he was given a bath, new clothes and medical attention.

Police started to investigate his identity and stumbled upon the case of the missing boy reported in Argentina 15 years ago.

The Argentine Embassy in Peru confirmed his identity as missing Ariel Alberto Naser.

"Our employees at the consulate are trying to recollect as much information as possible about the current situation and find out more about his personal and family history," the Argentine embassy said.

Florence, who did some digging of her own, says she managed to find out a bit about Ariel’s past and family.

"Apparently he was living with a transgender woman who died last year.”

"Apparently his mom isn’t in a good mental state. He has three brothers, each one from a different dad, and they’re living their lives.”

The consulate that they were taking steps to return the man to his family in Argentina, but added: "Apparently he doesn’t have a family network in Argentina who can put him up."

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