Man Gets Car Back 20 Years After Misplacing It

The German man thought his car had been stolen, but he'd actually just forgotten where he parked it
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2017 2:02 PM CST
Man Gets Car Back 20 Years After Misplacing It
   (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Many of us have misplaced our car in a parking garage at some point or another, convinced for a frightening moment that it's gone for good. Likely very few of us, however, have given up that car for stolen, only to have it come back to us decades later. But that's what happened to a man in Germany this week, the Independent reports. Twenty years ago, the unnamed man reported his car stolen to police in the German city of Frankfurt, and last week the police found it at last—in the garage of an old industrial building that was due to be demolished.

Unable to go ahead with the demolition with the car inside the building, the people who found it reported the car to the police; they tracked down the owner, who is now 76. Apparently the man had forgotten where he parked the car back in 1997 and assumed it had been stolen. After getting the call from the police, the man was driven to the site by his daughter, but unfortunately when he arrived he found the car dysfunctional. Despite the reunion, it was decided that the car needed to be scrapped. (This teen went to a Metallica concert and lost his car for days.)

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