Saturday 10 December 2016

Man solves his own missing person's case after 30 years

He had been living just 80 miles away from home

Matt Payton

Published 12/02/2016 | 10:56

Edgar Latulip pictured before going missing in September 1986 North American Missing Persons Network
Edgar Latulip pictured before going missing in September 1986 North American Missing Persons Network
A photo mock up of what Mr Latulip would look like after 30 years

A 51-year-old Canadian man has solved his own missing persons case after remembering who he was, thirty years after he first disappeared.

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His case was solved after he told a social worker his name was Edgar Latulip and he was from Kitchener, Canada.

He was discovered to be living just 80 miles from his family.

Mr Latulip, who has a mental age of 12, voluntarily submitted to a DNA test along with a member of his family which positively confirmed his identity.

He had been receiving treatment at a hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, in September 1986, after attempting to take his own life.

It is thought Mr Latulip, then aged 21, boarded a bus to Niagara Falls with the intention to try again, police said.

But he suffered a head injury en route which caused amnesia, Guelph Mercury reports.

The North America Missing Person Network described his disappearance: "He left his residence without his medication.

"It is possible that he took a bus to Niagara Falls.

"Latulip suffers from mental health problems and is developmentally delayed (mental capacity of a 12-year-old)."

Mr Latulip's mother, Silvia Wilson, had thought for years her son had been abused because of his developmental disorder.

On being told the news, she felt "overwhelmed" and excited to see her son.

The Niagara Police department and local community partners are working to reunite them.

Niagara Regional Police officer Philip Gavin said: "Pieces of his memory started coming back.

"Then the social worker found something on the internet that led them to believe this was something more."

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