A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago has suddenly remembered who he is – and by doing so has solved his own missing person case. Edgar Latulip was 21 when he went missing – but was described as having a mental age of 12. He vanished without his medication from a home in Kitchener, Ontario, in September 1986. His mother Sylvia Wilson last saw him in hospital after he had attempted suicide.

He was never seen or heard from again and she feared he might have killed himself or had been abused or murdered. That was until a man with a different identity, living 75 miles away, told his social worker in January he thought his real name could be Edgar Latulip. The man had started having flashbacks and police have now announced Mr Latulip is alive and well after a DNA test confirmed it was him.

Officers said he had suffered a head injury after a fall around the time he went missing. It impaired his memory so badly that he could not remember who he was, so he created a new identity. Niagara Regional Police Constable Philip Gavin told the Toronto Star and CBC: “I’ve been a police officer for 18 years and this is something I’ve seen on TV but never been a part of.”

His 76-year-old mother, who is now waiting to be reunited with her son, has spoken of her surprise when told the news. “I don’t know what to think. I was just kind of blown away. I want to talk to him and help him out any way I can. I just want to see him,” she said.

Sky News