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Press Release
October 22, 2009

Children’s Services Seeks Help in Identifying “Jane Doe”

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 212-694-7781 . “We 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.”

Jane Doe

“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.

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