Sanyi was abandoned by his mother as a small child and grew up in foster care. He had more than ten homes during the first 14 years of his life. Since then he spent most of his life in various correctional facilities. At 23, he was sentenced to 7 years for robbery and assault. He served his time in the Balassagyarmat prison in the north-eastern region of Hungary until June 2014. After his release, he attempted to start a new life with the help of a foundation supporting ex-offenders with affordable housing and finding employment. He soon relapsed into drug abuse and disappeared.