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‘Missing’ drunk man inadvertently joins his own search party, finds himself

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A drunken Turkish man recently embarked on some serious soul searching, and after several hours in woods beset by nightfall, he literally found himself.

Beyhan Mutlu, 50, a Turkey resident living in the northwestern Bursa province’s Inegöl district, was reportedly drinking with a group of friends earlier this month when he wandered off alone into the forests of Cayyaka.

After not being able to locate him for many hours, his concerned wife and family called the police and summarily formed a search party of their own in an effort to locate their missing loved one.

But after his wanderings, Mutlu is said to have stumbled upon the search party where he immediately joined in the effort to find the missing person, despite his own inebriation and unawareness that the party was in fact searching for him.

The almost Hitchcockian reveal came when Mutlu heard one of the rescue workers shout his name.

Mutlu replied, “I am here.”

Law enforcement officials then took him aside to confirm his identity and question him over what happened during the previous hours. During questioning, Mutlu reportedly expressed concerns that he was going to get into trouble with his family.

“Don’t punish me too harshly, officer,” he said, and noted that he was particularly concerned over what his father’s reaction might be.

He purportedly added, “My father will kill me.”

He was given a well-needed ride to his home, and it is unknown at this time whether he faced any wrath from his father or any repercussions from having unwittingly wasted the time of law enforcement officials.

Mutlu can at least rest easy knowing he is not the first person to have been lost on their own accord, nor will he likely be the last.

The U.S. Sun reported that a similar incident occurred in 2012 after a woman who was reported missing in Iceland also found herself.

“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 was in their party all along.

Perhaps Mutlu follows the teachings of noted philosopher Homer J. Simpson a bit too literally. Simpson once made the sincerest of toasts in the town square of the infamous Springfield, USA, when he said, “To alcohol! The cause of … and solution to … all of life’s problems.”

Frank Webster

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