Police in the Danish city of Fredericia got a major shock on Wednesday, when they found that a man they arrested for causing a disturbance on the streets had been listed as missing for 30 years.
The 68-year-old homeless man, who had been wanted by police for almost 30 years, was arrested after complaints of him shouting abuse at passersby in the eastern Jutland city.
A Fredericia police spokesperson explained that the man had been yelling and causing a general disturbance in the city centre, so they brought him into the station. However, when checking his files, they found that he was wanted in connection with a number of things, including some old court hearings.
The spokesperson went on to reveal that he was listed as “missing” on 3 January, 1985, so had managed to stay well hidden to some time.
The spokesperson said at first the man would not give a name or an address at which he could be contacted, which landed him a fine. He was then told he had a court date appearance in eight weeks’ time, but the spokesperson admitted that there may be little chance of him showing up.
The spokesperson added that the punishment for not showing up was a default sentence.