City officials plead for help in identifying a mystery girl found in Times Square

By Tim Nudd
Updated October 23, 2009 12:10 PM

In an extremely peculiar case, officials in New York City are asking for help in identifying a teenage girl found wandering in Times Square who appears to remember nothing about who she is or what has happened to her.

The girl, whom doctors believe to be between 14 and 17 years old, was discovered by police two weeks ago on 41st Street near the Port Authority, the New York Post reports. She was wearing tattered clothing but had no ID and no memory of home, family or even her own name. A check of her fingerprints led nowhere.

Clues to her identity are scant. She is 5-foot-6 and soft-spoken, with a medium build, blond spiky hair and blue eyes. During evaluation, she wrote down the name Amber but doesn’t know if that’s her actual name.

Most strangely, one of the few things she does recall are lines from a 2003 fantasy novel called Fool’s Fate, by Robin Hobb, which she found herself reciting recently.

Psychiatrists believe she is not faking. “She is safe with us, and we are doing all we can to help her, but she needs to find her family,” John Mattingly, commissioner of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services, told the Post.

The paper quotes the girl as saying: “I just want to know who I am. I want to know who I am and what happened to me.”

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the NYPD Missing Persons Squad at (212) 694-7781.