NIAGARA FALLS, Canada — A man missing for decades just solved his own missing persons case, according to Canadian police.
For 30 years, Edgar Latulip lived under a different name with an apparently unknown past and, until now, didn’t know he had any relatives, according to police.
After landing in front of a social worker on January 7, the 51-year-old suddenly remembered who he was: His real name is Edgar Latulip and he was from Kitchener, Canada.
That’s when the memories started to come back.
Latulip was 21 in 1986 when he apparently hopped a bus in his hometown of Kitchener and headed for Niagara Falls.
After arriving and making his way to St. Catharines, Ontario, he somehow fell and suffered a head injury, causing him to lose his memory and his identity.
He stayed in St. Catharines for the next 30 years, living independently. Authorities are wary of revealing too much about Latulip’s life over the last 30 years out of concern for his privacy.
When Latulip had the epiphany about his name, the social worker immediately researched and found an unsolved missing persons case and a cold case news article written in 2014; both matched Latulilp’s recollections. His case was then referred to the Niagara Police Department where detectives interviewed him, hearing Latulip remember things he hadn’t recalled in 30 years.
A DNA sample was tested against a relative and a match was confirmed and Latulip’s mother, Silvia Wilson, was contacted in Ottowa.
For years, Latulip’s mother believed her son may have been abused and taken advantage of because of a developmental disorder he had that left him with a childlike mental capacity.
The North American Missing Persons Network listed Edgar Latulip on its website on Thursday as 21 years old when he was last seen in Kitchener, Ontario on September 2, 1986. It continues:
“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).”
The Niagara Police Department and local St. Catharines community partners are working to reunite mother and son.