Thursday, August 20, 2009

A mystery man awakes in Discovery Park

A mystery man awakes in Discovery Park

A man in his 50s says he woke up in Discovery Park three weeks ago with no memory of who he is or how he got to Seattle. Doctors know he is intelligent, well-educated and fluent in three languages, but they don't know how to help him. For now, he's known as Jon Doe.

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Editor's note: 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.