Where is Thofern?

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Have you seen Thofern? We have his sleeping mat here and judging from the things written on it, he desperately wants it returned to him. We understand - it must be horrible sleeping on the cold cold ground!

A call for help

So to put it blunt: we need Your help to get Thofern and this mat together again. Have you seen him? All we know is this:

  • He (or she!) is German with the last name being Thofern
  • Served in the Bundeswehr at some point between 2010 to 2017
  • The handwriting looks like as pictured.

The service time we know because according to the tags, the mat was made in July of 2010.

Translations of the German texts can be found in the photos. We have a sense Thofern had some trouble with sleeping mat thieves during the time in the army. We feel ya, it was just like that for us too.

A man outdoors taping Have you seen Thofern? ads to a pole.

How to act

If you know someone who might just be this Thofern, give us a winge at [email protected]

Here's a helpful wanted-poster in PDF mode, please print these and stick them all over the town!

Pictures of the mat

The sleeping mat spread out with the text - Eigentum - BUND und... Thofern - written on it. The sleeping mat spread out. The lower left corner has some small text on it. A close up of the text disclaiming ownership.

"Property of the Bundeswehr und... ...Thofern!"

A close-up of the corner of the mat with the text in German as translated to English below.

"This mat belongs to Thofern and no-one else! Are you holding it in your hands? Then bring it... That's right! Thofern!"

A corner of the which onto which Thofern has been written seven times. "Thofern! Thofern! Thofern! Thofern Thofern Thofern Thofern" A print on the mat with info on the origins of the mat. A Have you seen Thofern? ad taped onto a parking sign.
Update! The Internet has shown its great power again and Thofern has been found!
The sleeping mat was sent back to him along with a Särmä TST balaclava to keep his identity safe amidst all this publicity, and a 100 euro gift card, so that he can get, for example, a sleeping bag to go with the pad. Thanks to all you detectives out there for your magnificent work! Vielen Dank!

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