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Web readers ID amnesiac man found in Seattle park

A man in his 50s says he woke up in Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington, three weeks ago with no memory of who he is or how he got to Seattle.
A man in his 50s says he woke up in Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington, three weeks ago with no memory of who he is or how he got to Seattle. (Mike Siegel / Seattle Times / MCT)

The blond-haired man with the walrus mustache wandered out of Seattle's Discovery Park three weeks ago, with pressed khakis, an expensive dress shirt, a blue blazer and $600 hidden in his sock. He was uninjured — but said he was confused, lost and frightened.

This much is clear: He is fluent in English, French and German. He possesses a professorial knowledge of European cultural history. He seems to have traveled the world. And he says he is a widower.

But he said he doesn't know who he is or when he was born. Or how he got here and why. Or whether he even wants to know.

His doctors at Swedish Medical Center's Cherry Hill campus said they don't think he's faking it, but they don't really know how to help. The cops so far are stumped, too.

Note from The Seattle Times Editor: Within hours of posting this story online, a reader identified Jon Doe as Edward Lighthart, an English teacher he knew in China. The reader, David Akast, said Lighthart taught at English schools in China and "had an incredible knowledge of European cultural history."

Photos of Mr. Lighthart on the Internet suggest that it is he.

But it doesn't answer the key question of how he ended up in Seattle.

The Times is on the way to contact Mr. Lighthart in person to discuss the news.

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