It sounds like someone’s worst nightmare, but it’s actually a true story. A mystery woman was found sitting on rocks on a Croatian island, but she was unable to figure out who she is or how she got there. The island she was on, Krk, is a remote island that’s also a popular tourist destination.
Luckily, this story has a happy ending.
The woman had some minor bruises and cuts when she was found. Authorities pegged her as being in her 60s. She was found with shoulder-length hair and stood around 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
While she spoke English, she — along with those who discovered her — were quite puzzled at the situation.
“She speaks English, but she does not remember her identity,” police officers told CNN. “She is currently located in hospital and is in stable condition.” Unfortunately, the woman had no identifying information on her, but authorities did find a purse nearby.
The purse was found about 500 meters (1,640 feet) away, but it didn’t contain any clues. The woman was questioned for roughly a week, but it was only when the news hit the internet that she was finally identified. It’s yet another reminder of how powerful the internet can be in connecting us.
Poor woman. Pray for her and her family.
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Since the case was so mystifying, plenty of people tried their hardest to figure out where she came from. And eventually, she was identified as Daniela Adamcova. “The first of several reports leading to the identification of the woman found was received by police on September 20, in the evening,” wrote the Croatian police in a statement. “As it appeared from what was submitted that the found female person could be a citizen of Slovakia, the assistance of the Slovak police was requested through international police cooperation.”
Now we do know her name: Daniela Adamcova.
Nina Smidt told The Daily Beast that the scratched-up woman pictured in photos that flashed around the globe this week had worked as an artisan at a company in LA where she was a manager in 2015. https://t.co/aqxsWRex2d
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“Thanks to good cooperation and appreciating that it was a matter of urgency, a response was received very quickly from the Slovak police, which confirmed that the woman was identified as a Slovak citizen, aged 57, through a photograph,” the statement continued. “The police would like to thank the citizens, from the country and abroad, domestic and foreign media, as well as their colleagues from Slovakia, for their help and cooperation, who contributed to establishing the identity of the found woman.”