A man went out drinking with his friends. It wasn’t anything out of his normal day. But something happened that night that made headlines across the world.
Sometime between drinks he got up and wandered away in the nearby forest and then…. went missing.
Bursa is a small city in Turkey, falling somewhere northwest of the country. The city is known for its mosques and historical sites. But it doesn’t just have monuments. It also has dense forest riddling through the city which further adds to its beauty.
Nothing out-of-blue incident happens in this city but what happened in September of 2021 will put it on the world map for an incident that will baffle everyone for days.
Beyhan Mutlu, a 50-year-old construction worker, went out for drinks with his friends on a Tuesday of September 2021. They were having a good time and as time passed by their intoxication increased.
Sometime between the drinks, Mutlu, not completely drunk, wandered into the nearby forest. Only if someone had noticed Mutlu leaving.
The night passed by and the morning came. All his friends had reached home safely the same night but Mutlu didn’t. And unfortunately, the friends were so drunk that they didn’t find it weird that Mutlu was missing.
His wife was expecting him to come home after the get-together. But he never did.
Mutlu’s wife was worrying. She tried calling him but the call wouldn’t go through. The sun was rising high and Mutlu was not home yet. Out of concern, she called his friends.
But to her shock, even his friends had no idea about his whereabouts.
This was unlike Mutlu. He had never done this. His friends became worried when he didn’t return. Missing an entire night and day following day was very suspicious and highly concerning.
His friends didn’t waste any time and reported him missing to the police.
The word of a man gone missing in the rural area spread around in the neighbourhood like fire. Mutlu was a known name in the area. Everyone who came to know about him missing was shocked and worried.
A search mission was sanctioned. Residents from various areas banded together with officials to assist with the rescue effort.
The search and rescue mission began, starting with the area where he was last seen. They spread out and started calling out his name. Tension grew in the community as time passed by without any clue to what happened to Mutlu.
But, in the end, the search for the missing man was successful, albeit with an unexpected twist.
Sometimes during the search, an unexpected person joined the rescue team. He went along with the search without knowing who they were looking for.
The man was none other than the missing person himself. Behyan Mutlu.
The search group was said to have gone on for hours, with rescuers shouting Mutlu’s name. Mutlu, on the other hand, appears to have taken some time to register that crucial piece of information.
At some point during the hunt, he unexpectedly declared his presence.
In between the hours-long search in the dead of night, a rescuer among the team called out Mutlu’s name. He recognised the search group was looking for him at that point. “Who are we looking for? I am here ” he said.
Mutlu later said that there was “truly no reason” for his friends to report him missing.
He explained, “Basically, I’m paying for my friends’ mistakes. What happened is all like a joke.” It’s unknown how Mutlu ended up in his own search party, or how his friends didn’t see he was standing in front of them the whole time.
After taking a police statement, authorities offered Mutlu a ride home.
Mutlu later explained what had happened that night. “I left them around 2 am at night. We were staying at a friends’ villa in an area close to the construction site. I went to one of the villas and slept,” he said.
He further stated that he had switched phones and was thus unavailable when the police phoned. When he awoke about 5 a.m. and noticed a crowd, he assumed there had been an accident on the road.
Needless to say, everyone on the search and rescue teams was stunned to learn that Beyhan had been with them the entire time. Looking for himself ‘unknowingly.
It was a bizarre but hilarious ending to an incident that could have turned out to be unfortunate. But thankfully it ended with a happy note.
This isn’t the first time a missing individual has taken part in their own search and rescue operation. An Asian tourist who went missing in Iceland in 2012 was discovered by her own search team.
She had allegedly failed to recognise her own description but after some time she admitted to the police that she was the missing person that everyone was looking for.