The Story of Lars Mittank: What Really Happened?
Lars Mittank was on vacation with his friends in the coastal city of Burgas, Bulgaria. It all started when he got separated from his group during an evening walk by the beach and ended up getting lost for five days in the wilderness. What happened to him during those five days? Read this blog post by pro travel blogs to find out!
Who’s Lars Mittank?
Lars Mittank is a German citizen who disappeared for five days in Bulgaria. He was last seen on June 28th, 2014, when he got separated from his friends during an evening walk by the beach and got lost in the wilderness near Burgas.
Visit In Varna
Mittank and his pals arrived in Varna, Bulgaria’s second-largest city on the Black Sea coast, on June 30th, 2014. Mittank had an altercation with Bayern Munich fans while drinking in a bar with friends the week after. Mittank vanished after leaving the bar; his companions could not find him for the rest of the night. Mittank was a massive fan of Bayern Munich, and he always took the team’s name as his Twitter handle. He had been to one or two matches before, but this trip was different: His friend had to leave a little early, it was because of an injury, so Mittank ended up going on another’s ticket.
When they sat down for dinner that evening at their resort room, he arrived with his pals claiming that he had been assaulted by four men whom he had argued within the bar the previous night. Some of Mittank’s friends disputed his claim, stating that he had informed them that the Bayern fans hired a local to do it for them.
Mittank was examined by a doctor, who discovered that he had injuries consistent with a scuffle, including a fractured jaw and ruptured eardrum. Mittank was told that due to his ear injury, he would be unable to fly home with the rest of his party that day because he would be unable to travel. Mittank reassured his friends that he would be all right before heading off at the same time as them, checking into the Hotel Color Varna for one night before doing so.
When he returned to the hotel, at around 2 a.m., Mittank began behaving strangely, believing that the group of men he had accused of beating him the previous night was pursuing him. He briefly hid in an elevator before returning to the hotel at midnight and only returning hours later. He even phoned his mother and asked her to cancel his credit cards, stating that four men would kill him.
Mittank took a taxi to Varna Airport on July 8th, 2014, around 3:00 a.m. His texts to his mother indicated that he had safely arrived at the airport terminal; however, when an airport doctor examined him before boarding the plane, he appeared “nervous and erratic” and distrustful of the medications given to him.
Then something odd occurred. When Dr. Kosta Kostov, the airport doctor, returned to the room and saw a construction worker approaching it, Mittank began to tremble and exclaim: “I don’t want to die here. I really need to get out of this place now!” Lars Mittank got up from his seat. He left his wallet, phone, and luggage at the doctor’s office before fleeing the facility and crossing over its forecourt. A security camera captured him scaling a fence as he departed. The last known sighting of Lars Mittank was when he climbed a fence outside the terminal.)
Missing Report Filed
When Lars’ family went to file a missing person report with local authorities, they were told that there was no evidence of him having been kidnapped or killed; however, because his disappearance happened so close to the summer holiday period, it wasn’t treated as seriously until several weeks later once people started asking questions about where he might be.
July 26th, 2014
On July 26th, 2014, after Lars had already spent nearly two weeks living rough (and presumed dead), somebody recognized him at Slavyanski Bulvar, one of Sofia’s busiest streets. He was shirtless, had long hair and a beard, and was extremely dirty from having spent so much time living outside.
Has He Been Found?
Mittank’s family is still searching for him. Although he was being sought, it appears more probable that his head injury, possibly compounded with the antibiotic he was given or some other substance he had eaten during the holiday, triggered a psychotic episode. While his mother investigates leads about her son’s disappearance and years of German Federal Criminal Police Office effort, no solid clues have ever been discovered.
The Conspiracy Theories
Lars Mittank’s disappearance was covered by newspapers worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of people believe that his injuries may not have come from being lost in the wilderness for five days, but rather someone did this to him on purpose.
One theory is that Lars staged his death because of embarrassment about how much weight he had gained or even because somebody else threatened to tell everyone if he didn’t keep quiet.
Another conspiracy suggests that the local Bulgarian mafia were responsible, which has very little evidence other than hearsay; however, it wouldn’t be surprising considering Bulgaria has one of the highest crime rates per capita in Europe!
One thing that might have happened is a language barrier between Lars and the people who found him. Bulgarian isn’t his first language (he’s German), so he may not have been able to explain what had happened or where he wanted to go hence why they took him to Sofia instead of somewhere closer like Burgas, which would be more logical if it weren’t for the fact that nobody knew where he was!
Where Is He Now?
Although this is the case, internet sleuths or other concerned individuals report seeing Mittank regularly. In 2019, one truck driver said he had given Mittank a ride in Brandenburg and noted his remarkable resemblance to the vanished man. Police conducted a follow-up investigation and discovered nothing. When an unidentified male with no identification or recollection of who he was showed up in Porto Velho, Brazil, in 2016, many online speculated it might be Mittank. However, Canadian Anton Pilipa was subsequently identified as missing.
Lars Mittank went missing for five days in Bulgaria, lived rough, then finally returned home with severe injuries after nearly two weeks alone which has sparked hundreds of conspiracy theories ranging from suicide attempts to mafia involvement; however, none of them can be proven because it all seems just too bizarre.