A teenage girl, found on the streets of New York two weeks ago and believed to be suffering from amnesia, has been identified. The photo below, referred to as “Jane Doe” is one that was widely circulated by police and was critical in identifying this girl. You can read more below and see a video.

Teen Jane Doe

It’s really quite an interesting story. A teenage girl is found wondering the streets of NYC claiming she can’t remember anything – no memory at all: her name, where she’s from, or her family. After a lot of media attention, a CNN viewer who lived in Maryland, saw the teenage girl’s photo and recognized her. Apparently the viewer was familiar with the girl’s family and the fact that she had left her home in Washington state a month or so earlier. Isn’t that amazing?

There are many street youth in NYC some say the number is upwards to 20,000. This teenage Jane Doe, who probably blended in with many of the street youth there, was found in Midtown Manhattan around 12:30 a.m. October 9 outside the Covenant House youth shelter by a security guard. He reportedly found her unresponsive so he called NYPD. According to shelter officials, she wasn’t a resident and it wasn’t really clear if she intended to go inside for the night.

New York Police interviewed the teenage girl with no memory, but found out quickly that she couldn’t provide authorities with any information about herself. She had no ID on her and her fingerprints weren’t helpful. They did note she had been on the streets for some time because of her poor dental hygiene. She was turned over to the children protective services agency for care.

There have been a few clues along the way… she once wrote down the name “Amber” and even responded to it one time. She also seemed to remember that she was in the middle of writing a story with a heroine named Rian, “who’s been raised by the commander of the guard post on the edge of a fantasy kingdom.” Well, that’s pretty specific.

“I just want to know who I am,” the girl said in a statement from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. “I want to know who I am and what happened to me.”

We know know after the identification of the teenage girl who turned up in NY with no memory, that she is 18 years old but her name is not yet being released. As for the rest of her questions, those are about to be answered. Her parents are in route to NYC to be reunited with their daughter pending a positive ID. You can watch a video of this teenage Jane Doe below.