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Canadian man Anton Pilipa missing 5 years found in Amazon jungle

09 Février 2017

A Canadian man missing for almost five years has been found alive, wandering in a Brazilian Amazon city thousands of miles away from where he was last seen.

A family in Vancouver, Canada, was shocked when they found their 39-year-old son in the Amazon jungle and learned that he had walked barefoot across two continents with nothing but the clothes on his back for 6,500-miles.

His family spent years searching for the former humanitarian worker, and had nearly given up hope before a call come out of the blue.

A Canadian-born Brazilian police officer spotted Pilipa in Manaus, Brazil shuffling down a dirt track in bare feet.

Incredibly, with the help of several worldwide agencies and embassies, she was able to track down his family who flew down to be reunited with their lost loved one.

He told CBC Toronto: "I feel amazed that he's alive and had made it that far". "I am very happy to be able to return to my family".

Pilipa had one mission on his long journey - to visit the National Library of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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"I've never felt alone", added the former humanitarian worker. "It's been a lot of thinking for years, sleeping in the open".

Pilipa is now back on his medication and will have to face charges that were pending when he disappeared in 2012.

In 2011, before his diagnosis, he was charged with weapons and assault offences. "But was he trying to avoid [the charges]? He was restless. That is the major form of his mental illness". "We hit a wall". Anton is a different type from us Brazilians, he stands out.

He was taken to a hospital in Porto Velho where police reached out on Twitter, and to local embassies to try and discover his identity.

Finally, officer Helenice Campos - the officer who found him wandering on the road, was able to get in touch with Anton's family.

The family began raising money to get their brother home, but then tragedy struck; Anton fled the hospital.

Brazilian police posted a picture of the highway where Pilipa was seen.

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Canadian man Anton Pilipa missing 5 years found in Amazon jungle