Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Canadian missing since 2012 found in Amazon rainforest

A Canadian man declared missing for five years has been found in Brazil, after trekking through 10 countries. According to him, he believes his brother's mental illness is to blame for his freakish disappearance.

In 2011, Anton was charged with assault and weapons offences but he disappeared before he was due in court, said a Daily Telegraph report. A Brazilian policewoman had spotted Anton and mistook him for a beggar clad in dirty shorts and a shirt. "It's been a lot of thinking for years, sleeping in the open". The Vancouver man was barefoot and had no means of identification. Vidigal managed to get in touch with Pilipa's brother, Stefan, around Christmas, and arrangements were eventually made to return Anton home.

Anton Pilipa told BBC Brasil: "I know that I am very lucky to be alive". He still speaks nearly no Spanish or Portuguese.

"He looked pretty rough", he said after meeting his brother.

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His brother says he is shocked to be reunited with Pilipa. He also mentioned that $2,000 was needed for hospital costs and consular fees.

When he arrived back in Toronto, he was arrested and released on bail. "Anton is a different type from us Brazilians, he stands out", she told CBC Toronto in a phone interview from the Brazilian state of Rondonia.

He gave little information but said he was Canadian - giving her a vital clue to return him to his family.

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Now it has emerged that Anton's epic journey was even LONGER and was all part of a freaky dream of reaching Argentina's National Library in capital Buenos Aires.

Tragically, when he finally made it to the library, after walking thousands of miles, he was turned away because he didn't have any identification. Fortunately, he was found as he was walking towards the risky northern Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Anton, who was described as an individualist, was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years ago but his family say they struggled to find him the help he required in the two years before his disappearance.

She took him to a local hospital but while they were trying to identify him, he fled.

Anton walked through at least ten countries.

Thankfully Brazilian police were able to track him down again as he was heading into the unsafe northern Brazilian state of Amazonas. Officer Helenice said the state was notorious for predators like crocodiles and jungle cats, adding, "we were truly afraid he could be eaten by one of those animals".

What happened in the five years he was missing remains a mystery.

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