Police Question Woman Found Walking Across Country, Only To Find She Doesn’t Know Her Own Name

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

In early October 2018, police were notified about a woman wandering alone in Norwood, New Jersey. When they picked her up and began questioning her, they were completely baffled by her story.

The woman, who didn’t remember her own name, said she’d been walking across the country for a year. She claimed she started walking after being in a car accident in Washington state, and she had since made her way across the entire country.

The middle-aged woman couldn’t remember much about herself, but she said she was a veteran. When police realized they weren’t going to be able to identify her without help, they turned to social media. They shared a single photo of the woman online and asked for the public’s assistance in finding her family.

The Norwood Police Department wrote on Facebook: “The Norwood Police found this woman on Livingston Street yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who she is. This woman has been entered into ALL law enforcement databases and missing person organizations. Please share this photo and maybe we can get her home!! Thank you.”

Just a few days later, the woman was identified! Norwood Police updated its post, writing: “At 4pm today, the Norwood Police received a call from our “JANE DOE’S” family and confirmed her identity!!! The Norwood Police want to thank all the concerned citizens that gave us leads and information to get this person back to her family. Thank you!!”

We often see stories about the detriment caused by social media, so it’s nice to see some positive effects. Watch the video below to find out more about Jane Doe’s story!

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