2 men with mental health issues escape care home to party

Police backtracked on their report that two “elderly men” escaped a care home to attend a heavy metal festival in Sacken northern Germany

Bummer alert! That awesome story about two elderly men escaping a German nursing home to attend the massive Wacken Open Air metal festival over the weekend wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.

German media outlet Deutsche Welle, which was one of the numerous outlets to report the story, is now adding new details from police.

The miscommunication isn't hard to understand - in a story from August 4 by German broadcaster NDR, a police spokesperson was quoted as saying that the pair "had obviously liked the metal festival", going on to say that they "seemed disoriented and apathetic" at the bus stop where they were eventually found.

The two men, who are actually 58- and 59-years-old, have mental health issues, Itzehoe police spokesman Peter Berndt told local public broadcaster NDR. Last week it was reported two elderly men sneaked out of their retirement home in northern Germany to attend Wacken Open Air. However, the men did not have tickets for the festival and were not at any of the festival events, police said.

The two men were taken to a medical tent that was set up for festival goers, and that's what may have led to the confusion in the police department's initial report. And they escaped from a mental health facility, not a nursing home.

After speaking with police, the men eventually "willingly" agreed to leave in the taxi, which was followed by a patrol vehicle.

However, on August 6 police issued a contradictory follow-up, explaining that the men were mentally ill and had traveled to the town simply to have some drinks and were not at the festival. The two men left in a cab as a police cruiser followed them back to their home about 20 miles away.

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