From the North Jersey Gazette,
April 18, 1986
Abandoned "Wild Boy Found In The Woods"
Huge Mystery Surrounding Discovery of "Real Life Mowgli"
Westville, NJ --In one of the most bizarre cases in recent history a wild-haired young boy, estimated to be between six and eight years old was discovered living on his own in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest near the suburb of Westville. Even more bizarre, authorities have no idea who the boy is or how long he had been there.
"It's like Mowgli in the Jungle Book movie," said Westville Police Deputy Owen Carmichael said.
The boy--who speaks and understands English but has no knowledge of his name--was first spotted by Don and Leslie Katz, hikers from Clifton, NJ. "We were cleaning up from our picnic and heard a rustling in the woods." Mr. Katz said. "At first I worried it was a bear, but then we caught sight of him running, clear as day."
Park Rangers, along with the local police, found the boy, thin and clad in tattered clothes, in a makeshift campsite three hours later. "At this time, we don't know how long he's been in the state forest or how he got here," said New Jersey State Park Police Chief Tony Aurigemma. "He doesn't recall any parents or adult figures. We're currently checking with enforcement authorities, but so far, there are no missing children who match his age or description."
Said James Mignone, a hiker from Morristown, NJ., "It's like someone birthed him and left him in the wild."
"It's the strangest survival case any of us have ever seen," Chief Aurigemma said, "We don't know if the boy has been out here for days, weeks, months or heck, even years."
If anyone has any information on the young boy, they are asked to contact the Westville Police Department.
"Someone out there has to know something," Deputy Carmichael said. "The boy didn't just appear in the forest by magic."
Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memories of his past. Now as an adult, he still doesn't know where he came from, and another child has gone missing.
No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father--except Hester Crimstein, a criminal TV attorney. Her grandson, Mathew tells Hester that Naomi was bullied at school relentlessly and although he had one time tried to take up for the girl, back in elementary school, he was beat down and never tried again. This time he wants to stand up for her.
Wilde can't ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to do that he has to walk back into the community where he was never accepted or fit in. A community that harbors secrets that Wilde must uncover before the girl's disappearance brings them all disastrous consequences.
Jan's extra note: These days Harlan is an extra busy young man, with his multiple projects for Netflix, next spring will see the publication of the first novel featuring Windsor Horne Lockwood lll, seen many times in the Myron Bolitar Novels, titled If You Lose You Die. He of the "Articulate Baby" way of answering his phone.
I also had to know if we would ever see Wilde again? Harlan wrote me this morning that book was in progress. I'm thrilled by that news. Wilde is a wonderful character and there is still much we don't know about him.