Last week, Maryland police found a disoriented shirtless man walking down Interstate 795 in Maryland. The area is close to an intersection of two major highways on the outskirts of Baltimore. “The man, who was described as having a slim build and was only wearing black shorts, required medical attention and was unable to remember his name or contact information for family members," police said in a statement.
According to the police report, authorities took the man to a local hospital. After receiving medical treatment, the man was still unable to recall his identity.
However, the 33-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reunited with his family after police received numerous tips on social media. His family had been searching for him for approximately a week, according to police. The family was “extremely thankful” for the response. “We got tens of thousands of views and shares on it — it was kind of amazing how much it was shared,” Ron Snyder, a public information officer for the Maryland State Police told Oxygen.com. “The family can rest easy tonight thanks to all the public outreach and support that we’ve received over the last 24 hours in this case.”
“This was a happy ending,” said Snyder. “Those tips on social media helped us locate family members who were able to reunite with him.”
The cause for the man’s disorientation remains unclear. Authorities are also yet to reveal what injuries, if any, the man may have sustained. Snyder noted that the man had not suffered recent brain trauma, but failed to provide additional detail. “I’m sure they’re trying to figure out exactly how he got there,” Snyder said. “But again, at this point, the big thing is that he’s home and that he’s with his family.”
No further information was immediately available, including whether the man remained hospitalized.
According to the Mayo Clinic, amnesia can result from damage to brain structures that form the limbic system, which controls emotions and memories. Memory loss associated with certain types of amnesia can be reversible but, in some cases, amnesia may be permanent.