Notary Bulletin

Man With No Identity Or Memory Needs Help

GEORGIA  A case like Benjamin Kyles poses special challenges to a Notary. Kyle has no official identity, since he cant remember who he is, and he has no ID card to present as evidence of who he is.

Kyles mystery began in August 2004 when he was found unconscious and naked outside a Burger King near Savannah, Georgia, possibly having suffered a blow to his head. He also was blind, as the result of cataracts. He cant remember his real name and has embarked on a search for his identity.

Without proper identification, Kyle cannot obtain a Social Security number. Without two forms of ID, he cannot legally work. Without being able to prove his age, he cannot qualify for Medicare. If he tries to get anything notarized, no credible identifying witness could vouch for his true identity.

The FBI has struck out, too. They confirmed his story through polygraph tests and hypnosis. But theres no record of his fingerprints in any database, so Kyles quest goes on.

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