Amnesiac Teen Identified in New York City
updated 10/26/2009 AT 09:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/25/2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Peterson, a missing 18-year-old from Washington State, is to be reunited with her family, say officials. A tip called into a New York Police Department hotline led to the girl's identification, the New York Post reported.It is not yet known how she ended up in New York.
Late last week, New York City's Administration for Children's Services issued a press release asking for the public's help in identifying the girl, whom they called "Jane Doe."
Wearing tattered clothing, the girl had no I.D. and no memory of home, family or even her own name. A check of her fingerprints led nowhere. During an evaluation, she wrote down the name Amber but didn't know if that was her actual name.
One of the few things she did recall were lines from a 2003 fantasy novel called Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb, which she found herself reciting.
Psychiatrists believed she was not faking.
"I just want to know who I am," she said, according to the Post's report. "I want to know who I am and what happened to me."