Mystery Woman Linda Identified: How Did Delaware Amnesiac Linda Hegg Get To Toronto?

By Staff Reporter on December 20, 2012 10:22 AM EST

Linda Hegg
Amnesiac Linda Hegg of Newark, Delaware was identified in a homeless shelter in Toronto (Photo: Toronto Police Service)

An amnesiac without any recollection of who she is walked into a downtown Toronto homeless shelter in September. Beyond her first name, Linda, the woman was a complete mystery.

After months of investigation, police finally announced Tuesday that Linda is in fact 56-year-old Linda Hegg of Newark, Delaware. In fact, Hegg has been reported missing in Delaware since early November. What's more, authorities say that Hegg has been diagnosed with a mental disorder known as Schizophrenia since 1996.

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Strangely, it wasn't until November 5, several weeks since she actually went missing, that the family realized she was gone. Thankfully, the police received a break on November 7. Newark, Delaware, police issured a press release that was passed along to Toronto investigators. Finally, by December 10, the police managed to identify Hegg using DNA sampling.

A happy ending, the statement from the Toronto Police stated, "Working together with all these agencies made it possible to get Linda home for the holidays."

So why is Linda Hegg of Delaware discovered in Toronto? It's a mystery for everyone. Authorities say that Hegg boarded a bus to Canada. Somehow, Hegg managed to make it through the boarder despite an expired U.S. passport. What's more, the days Linda spent prior to arriving to the homeless shelter has been a mystery as well. Due to the amnesia, Hegg could not remember a thing.

Now, Linda Hegg has returned to Delaware, reportedly staying in a hospital with family by her side. According to Toronto Police detective Roger Caracciolo, "She was relieved and she was happy to know she had somewhere to go and parents and family. I said to her ‘It’s time to go home,’ and she said ‘yeah’ and clapped her hands and smiled.”

A rather severe case of amnesia, Hegg failed to comprehend her long and eventful stint in Canada. Shortly after she had returned to Delaware, Linda Hegg asked the hospital staff where she had been. Caracciolo described the exchange: "They told her, ‘Well, you know, Linda, you were in Canada,’ and she paused and she said, ‘I like Canada. I’d like to visit there again.' I don’t think she knew where she was.”

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