Missing For Month, Woman With Amnesia ID’d In Joliet

UPDATED: 5/4/2011 7:15 p.m.

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — A Michigan mom missing for nearly a month and suffering from amnesia has been found in Joliet.

A woman walked into a Joliet police station Monday night saying she had no idea who she was or where she was from.

Police and emergency responders determined she was suffering from amnesia and brought her to the hospital where she is still being treated.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, police have identified the woman as Amber Gerweck of Michigan.

When police couldn’t determine her identity they released her photo to the media. A local citizen saw her picture and called police, saying she thought it resembled a woman whose face was on a missing person’s flyer out of Jackson, Mich. Police checked it out and found out that the woman was indeed Gerweck.

Police have since been in contact with her family. The family said Gerweck is 32-year-old mother of four who was reported missing by her aunt on April 9.

The next day her car was found in Tunnel Hill, Ga. apparently abandoned. The condition of the vehicle led investigators to report the case as a possible abduction.

Now nearly a month later, Gerweck has turned up in Joliet, apparently with no memory of who she is.

Police are trying to figure out how she made it to Joliet from Georgia without her car. Police say toxicology tests have shown that Gerweck’s amnesia does not appear to be drug or alcohol related.

joliet woman amnesia Missing For Month, Woman With Amnesia IDd In Joliet

Police are trying to identify a woman with this tatoo on her back. (Credit: Joliet Police)

On Monday, the young woman walked across the Jefferson Street Bridge where she was able to flag down a passing patrol officer who brought her to the hospital.

“Our detectives have been working with the staff at Silver Cross Hospital and this seems to be a legitimate case of amnesia,” Deputy Chief Mike Trafton said.

Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes said: “She seemed to be bit confused. Didn’t really know who she was or why she was here in Joliet.”

After seeing her picture some restaurant workers said they had seen the woman at Joliet Restaurant in town.

“She comes in here and Saturday [or] Sunday at 5:30 in the morning ,” said Valentina Georgouses, who noticed nothing unusual about her behavior. “She sat here and drank her coffee, read the newspaper and that’s it.”

Her fingerprints were not found in the national database, Trafton said.

The woman was wearing “unremarkable” clothing and did not have any personal items with her except a pair of eyeglasses.

She has small surgical scars on her stomach and a large tattoo of an angel on her right shoulder blade.

  • Pothead

    Finally …..a photo. Sorry , never seen her in my life.

    • Derrick Yee

      Amnesia is a forgetful, and autistic people hate the word. I believe amnesia is not the word that I am looking for.

  • Evan Murphy

    Just to educate all of the non-believers out there, amnesia when real, is usually caused by either a physical trauma to the head, or some type of psychological shock causing the mind to block out all memories of the event. In this case, since there are no signs of physical trauma, she must have experienced an extremely painful psychological event.

  • dhdh

    YES! She needs to evaluated by NONE other than dr. HOUSE himself! So what will she finally be transformed into? A parking attendant? A stock broker? A goat?

  • her 15 is up

    HUH ? check the missing person file or give someone time to report it…..her family ? work ? tatoo guy tring to collect money ? wont be the ms america society….. not sayin jus sayin…..

  • Toonces

    If I lived in Joliet I wouldn’t want to remember where I was, either.

  • Chicagoan

    I agree with SAD. We need to relearn the basics: RESPECT for one another. Do you remember your mother teaching you respect, To SAD ? I can see that you have failed that learning experience.

  • Cindy lou

    yES , i TOTALLY agree with Sad , let’s try to help this lady rather then make irresponsible jokes , she obviously needs our help and if we all rally behind her maybe we can find the answers , so everyone quit making lite of the story and help out.

  • South Side

    Well they can ID skeletons that’ve been buried for centuries, c’mon with the photo and the tatoo they’ll ID this chick by suppertime and a really wierd story will come out.

  • Sheepngoats

    So glad she’s been found. We know this family and the horrible nightmare they’ve been living looking for Amber. She’s a good, responsible girl withloving parents. I understand why some of u go first to cynical thoughts, scorn and doubt. So many people r obsessed with finding fame or creating spectacle in order to feel like they mater, that they can’t see any other motivation or reality for others. God has kept Amber safe and returned her. Jesus tells us that not a sparrow falls without our Father knowing..and that He knows each hair on our heads. Your legacy is your compassion, or lack of..God tells us .”whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.” god bless you! God bless Amber and her family.

  • SaySomethingNow

    Not hard to figure out who you are. One look at the name derived from two horrible science fiction franchises is enough.

    Want to get into unforgivable acts? We can.

    We can also let the people on this forum know who filed first.

    • Jediborg

      And we could also post why it was filed for, and disclose to the forum and press the evidence to back it up.

      • SaySomethingNow

        Remember your computer?

        I do.

  • christina

    What I wrong with you people? Of all these comments, THREE are thoughtful comments made by ADULTS. I only hope that the rest of you never find yourselves in a position where one of your children or close friends have suffered similarly. And if, God forbid, it ever does happen, that the world looks upon them not with scorn and nastiness, but bands together in compassion to help. I don’t know why you all got up this morning and decided you were entitled to judge everyone else. You DON’T have that right, and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I know you won’t be, though. You have to understand respect, for yourselves and others, to understand shame. You are not capable.

  • Michigan Girl

    This makes me very sad and angry to see and read what a cruel world we live in!!!! I’m friends with Amber’s cousin and for almost a month now her family has been sick with worry!!!! How would you feel if this was your family????

  • Melissa Suzanne Horton

    The woman’s name is Amber Seger Gerwick and she is a very valuable and upstanding member of society. I am friend’s with her sister, Heather.

  • SaySomethingNow

    I have been asked to stand down. Out of respect for the family, I will do so. Those who matter know what’s true.

    To those who’ve defended her, thank you.

    Stay safe.

    • Jediborg

      Yes, the truth is a funny thing like that. One way or another it eventually comes to light.
      I stand by my original comment. The entire family is glad Ms. Gerweck has been found safe and without physical harm.

  • http://kfrc.radio.com/2011/05/06/missing-michigan-mom-turns-up-in-illinois-after-georgia-detour-apparent-amnesia/ Missing Michigan mom turns up in Illinois after Georgia detour, apparent amnesia

    […] Police and emergency responders determined she was suffering from amnesia and brought her to the hospital. They eventually identified her as Amber Gerweck of Michigan, a 32-year-old mother of four who was reported missing by her aunt on April 9, reported CBS affiliate WBBM. […]

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