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Image caption “Roger” was wearing a black hooded top, pitch-black jogging fannies, grey-headed and black socks and lace up trainers.

When someone is lost, with no storage of who they are or how they got there, how do they get home?

It’s a question still awaiting an answer in the case of an elderly serviceman procured strolling an English metropoli in November.

The tall, slim, grey-haired man said his figure was Roger Curry, but he could not remember anything else about himself.

After further research, police now suppose Roger Curry may have been a now-deceased sidekick of the man.

More on this and other tales from Herefordshire

The man with memory loss, who for now West Mercia Police are announcing “Roger”, depicts signalings of dementia, doctors say.

He was located wandering in the Credenhill area of Hereford on 7 November by passers-by who took him to Hereford County Hospital.

“People with no memory are often taken to hospital to see if there is a physical or mental issue which requires medicine, ” remarked Louise Vesely-Shore, from the UK Missing Persons Bureau.

“They could have been in a vehicle crash and have a psyche harm or suffer from dementia.

“Treatment can sometimes help them to recollect patches of information which can help identify them.”

For those searching for a lost loved one, neighbourhood infirmaries can offer a port of call.

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Image caption Mobile telephones view essential evidences to a person’s identity

Police look for evidences the lost person may have on them – mobile phone contacts are an easy way to marks family and friends. But attire descriptions and tattoos also yield essential leads.

There were no such cursors in Roger’s case, replied Adam Vanner, matter of missing persons co-ordinator at West Mercia Police.

“We checked CCTV in the region where Roger was found to see if we could retrace his steps.

“We contacted rest home, care agencies, local authorities and neighbouring police forces.

“We loped his fingerprints through our database and put out a national broadcast to every force to see if he matched with any of their missing people.

“This all happened in the first few hours.

“Roger does not add much but speaks with either an American or Canadian accent, so we contacted both embassies.

“We apprise the Missing Beings Bureau and our corporate communications put out an appeal through the local media.”

All these directions have so far have all contributed to dead ends.

Ms Vesely-Shore said the Missing Persons Bureau had a DNA database, but it required authorization from the lost party or their guardian – which was problematic in amnesia cases.

“The police have specialist detectives to interrogation vulnerable people, ” she said.

“And it can take some time for those with memory loss to build up connections with police or those looking after them.”

She said the bureau only saw “a handful” of people in Roger’s situation per year, as most be defined “quite quickly”.

This was the case involving a soldier who woke up on a park bench in Birmingham unable to remember anything about himself.

He strolled to Digbeth police station on New Year’s Day 2013 and was taken to Birmingham City Hospital where harbours called him “Steve”.

Police secreted his photograph to the media and eight weeks later he was reunited with their own families who showed his appoint was Robert .

Image caption Robert, who woke up on a park terrace in Birmingham, told you he vaguely remembered having a sister and had recognised the Wolverhampton Wanderers button on tv

A “mystery man” found in a Peterborough ballpark with a “severe case of amnesia” was appointed as 22 -year-old Alvydas Kanaporis, from Lithuania.

Mr Kanaporis was found in the early hours of 18 May 2014 and taken into the care of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust( CPFT ).

He spoke with an Eastern European accent and his details were circulated in an international media appeal two months later.

A man claiming to be two brothers contacted approvals.

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Image caption Alvydas Kanaporis could not recollect any details of their own lives including his mention, age or where he was from

A man discovered walking wall street of Sheerness, Kent, in a soaking wet dres and tie in April 2005 became known as “Piano Man” .

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Image caption The identity of so-called Piano Man baffled authorities for 4 months

He did not speak, so staff at the Medway Maritime Hospital rendered him a pen and paper and he drew detailed photographs of a grand piano.

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Image caption “Piano Man” did not speak for four months but sucked photographs of forte-pianoes

When staff showed him the forte-piano in the hospital’s chapel, he had allegedly handed a classical performance.

Piano Man break-dance his stillnes in August saying he was German. The embassy was contacted and he was reunited with his father.

The mystery man was named as Andreas Grassl, 20, from Prosdorf, Bavaria.

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Image caption Andreas Grassl’s lawyer said his client( visualized) was unwell, and had not forged amnesia

A man was reunited with his father after spotting him on the BBC’s Missing Live programme – five years after he thought he was cremated.

John Renehan’s father John Delaney went missing in 2000 and when a decomposed mas matching his description was may be in 2003 he was identified by a coroner.

But it emerged that Mr Delaney, 71, of Oldham, Greater Manchester had been put in a maintenance home after being saw walking around the town with memory loss.

Image caption Greater Manchester Police acknowledged “mistakes were made” in the discovery process that led to John Delaney’s family belief he was dead

In each of these cases, crucial clues about the person’s identity were self-evident from the individual themselves.

Local authorities, hospitals, police and the Missing Persons Bureau pulled together to share these evidences in a bid to reunite the lost person with their loved ones.

Mr Vanner belief the public is the police’s strongest tool in identifying people who do not know who they are themselves.

He told: “We have had positive bulletin from our first press is calling for information to help identify Roger.

“Someone contacted us and said they believe they recognised the man.

“They said they believed he had served in the Army in Hereford and the name he had given was that of a acquaintance who had died.

“We managed to get in touch with the ex-commanding officer and “were just” the process of checking their records of all the ex-servicemen back to World War Two.

“Unfortunately the identify the member of the public gave us is not a pair. But we will continue to explore that avenue.”

He insisted anyone who believed they knew Roger’s genuine identity to get in touch.

Mandy Appleby, Herefordshire Council’s head of safeguarding, announced: “If we can identify who Roger is and better understand his background, we can ensure he’s receiving the right care to meet his needs.”


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