Children’s Services Seeks Help in Identifying “Jane
The New York City
Administration for Children’s Services is working with the NYPD and law
enforcement authorities nationwide to find the family of a young woman likely to
be in her teens who says she has no memory of her
name, home, or family.
ACS Commissioner John B.
Mattingly is asking anyone who may know the young woman’s family to contact the
nearest police officer or the NYPD Missing Person Squad immediately at
are asking anyone who may know this young woman to help us locate her family as
quickly as possible, so we can safely reunite her with those who love her,”
Mattingly said. “She is safe with us, and we are doing all we can to help her,
but she needs
to find her family.”
“I just want to know who I am,” says
the soft-spoken, blonde youth, who was found two weeks ago on Oct. 9, 2009
in midtown Manhattan, and who is estimated by doctors to be between 14 and 17
years old. “I want to know who I am, and
what happened to me.”
At one point recently, she wrote
down the name “Amber,” and responded to the name on one occasion, but she says
she has no idea whether or not
it is her name.
The young woman is 5’6” tall;
white, medium build, light complexion, short, straight blonde hair and blue
eyes. She is very soft-spoken, likes to read and write, and has no discernable
accent. She recently found herself recalling the words to what turns out to be
an excerpt from a fantasy novel called “Fool’s Fate” by the author Robin Hobb.
She says she has been writing a fantasy story featuring a heroine named Rian
“who’s been raised by the commander of the guard post on the edge of
a fantasy kingdom. ”
She has been reviewing materials
designed to pass a GED exam for high school; she says she’s able to do the math,
and has no memory of previously reading the history and science materials but
can easily retain the information.