Mys­tery woman named

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE mys­tery woman with am­ne­sia known as “Sam” has fi­nally been iden­ti­fied and re­con­nected with fam­ily af­ter her nephew recog­nised her.

Her name is Ash­ley Me­natta, San Diego TV sta­tion NBC7 re­ports.

Ms Me­natta lived near San Diego not far from where she was dis­cov­ered in Fe­bru­ary in poor health and with a tu­mour on her ovary the size of a vol­ley­ball.

The 53- year- old was born in Penn­syl­va­nia, never mar­ried, lived in Ari­zona and most re­cently resided in the south­ern Cal­i­for­nia sub­urbs of La Jolla and Carlsbad.

Ms Me­natta was found in Carlsbad. She has sis­ters in Colorado and Mary­land.

Her nephew alerted her fam­ily to her plight af­ter he saw a media story about her.

Ms Me­natta orig­i­nally thought she might have been from Perth, in Western Aus­tralia, as she felt a con­nec­tion to that place. While she’s not an Aus­tralian, she regularly came to Aus­tralia.

“It was ex­tremely emo­tional, we were all sob­bing,” Ms Me­natta said of the mo­ment she was told her iden­tity.

“They’re so sorry I had to go through what I did dur­ing this time.”

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