Man with amnesia appeals to public

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A man found in a snowdrift in Oslo in December is asking the public for help, after spending four months with complete memory loss. The man in his mid-20s had no identification, could not remember his name or where he came from, how he had come to be in Norway, or why.

This man was found in a snowdrift in Oslo in mid-December. He does not know his identity, his origin, or why he is in Oslo. Police investigations haven't been successful in identifying 'John Smith', so now they're appealing to the public for leads. PHOTO: Politiet

This man was found in a snowdrift in Oslo in mid-December. He does not know his identity, his origin, or why he is in Oslo. Police investigations haven’t been successful in identifying ‘John Smith’, so now they’re appealing to the public for leads. PHOTO: Politiet

“This is a man who has lived without knowing his own identity for several months,” police lawyer Sturla Henriksbø told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “He is very distressed.” The man was found by the owner of a takeaway store in Grenseveien, and was treated by paramedics.

He’s calling himself John Smith, and understands Czech, Slovak, Polish and Russian, said Oslo police. He speaks good English with a central or eastern European accent.

Police have contacted several countries and Interpol to see if the man has been reported missing, but his picture and fingerprints turned up no matches.

“We would very much like to receive tips from the public if anyone knows him,” said Henriksbø.

newsinenglish.no staff