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Two elderly men escape nursing home to attend Wacken Open Air

Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:17 AM PT
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elderly men leave nursing home to go to metal festival


[UPDATE: Sadly, the gist of this news story has turned out to be incorrect.]


Two elderly German men escaped from their nursing home on Friday to attend Wacken Open Air, purportedly the world's largest heavy metal festival.

According to Deutsche Welle, when the pair were found to be missing from the facility on August 3, nursing home staff alerted police. At 3 a.m., authorities located the men at Wacken Open Air 2018, whose line-up boasts Judas Priest, Danzig, Hatebreed, and In Flames, among many others. A police spokeswoman described the men as "disoriented and dazed."

Though they were reluctant to leave the festival, the two were ultimately escorted home via a taxi and patrol car.

"They obviously liked the metal festival," police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld told public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk. "The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up."