Canadian man missing for five years found barefoot in the Amazon
Anton Pilipa disappears from his home in Vancouver in 2012 and treks across two continents to reach the rainforest
"I told myself that he was dead. Because that was the only thing I could come up with that explained his absence,” Stefan said.
"But in my heart of hearts, I didn't think he could be. I was really shocked,” he added.
It is thought Anton suffers from schizophrenia and has now been put back on medication.
He managed to travel through 10 countries, including Canada and the United States, without a passport, with the intention of reaching the National Library in Argentina.
Anton did make it to the library in Buenos Aires but was turned away because he did not have identification.
He decided to take his journey towards Brazil, where he was eventually found. He survived by scrounging through bins and picking fruits and berries.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Stefan and has raised more than $13,000 to cover the costs of getting Anton home to Canada.