A German nursing home alerted police after they noticed two men were missing. They were later found at 3 a.m. at the Wacken Open Air metal festival.
(Editor's note, August 8, 2018: Itzehoe police have released more details about the story, painting a different picture than the events they originally decribed. The two men, who were not elderly, were described as having mental health issues and did not attend the festival. An update on the case can be found here: The full story of the elderly Wacken escapees)
Two elderly German men escaped the confines of their nursing home on Friday to attend Wacken Open Air, police said.
The nursing home alerted police after the gentlemen were found to be missing from the center.
Police then found the aging metalheads at 3 a.m. at Wacken Open Air, the world’s biggest heavy metal festival. A police spokeswoman said they were "disoriented and dazed."
The men were reluctant to leave the four-day festival so police escorted them home with the help of a taxi and a 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."