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October 26th, 2009
06:28 AM ET

Police name 'Jane Doe' found in N.Y.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/10/25/teen.jane.doe/story.jane.doe.nyacs.jpg caption="Kacie Aleece Peterson was found in Manhattan, claiming to have no memory of her family, home or name."]

New York (CNN) - Authorities on Sunday released the name of a woman who turned up in New York this month saying she had no memory of her name or family.

She is Kacie Aleece Peterson, 18, of Hansville, Washington, according to Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of the New York Police Department.

Police a day earlier said a CNN viewer in Maryland identified the woman, who was found in Midtown Manhattan on October 9 outside a youth shelter. A photo of Peterson, who had been referred to as Jane Doe, was circulated by police and aired on CNN this week. Authorities didn't release Peterson's name until Sunday.

Browne said Peterson's mother is dead and that her father is heading to New York. CNN affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington, reported that her father went to New York on Sunday to bring her home.

The family said it's not the first time she disappeared and then later was found with apparent memory loss, the station reported. Read the full story »

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