Mystery woman named
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.”