Do You Know This Girl?


It's kind of sad that our experiences with Balloon Boy and Hannah Upp have made us wary of mysterious, seemingly helpless young people who appeal to our public mercy. But here we are, with another kid in need of our help. This woman, estimated to be between the ages of 14 and 17, turned up in Times Square two weeks ago and claimed not to know who she is, or where she came from. “I just want to know who I am,” she reportedly told authorities. “I want to know who I am, and what happened to me.” She's been taken into the care of the New York Administration for Children's Services for the time being. “We are asking anyone who may know this young woman to help us locate her family as quickly as possible, so we can safely reunite her with those who love her,” ACS Commissioner John Mattingly said. According to the Post, this is what we know about the five-foot-six, light-complexioned young lady:

At one point, she wrote down the name “Amber” and responded to the name on one occasion, but she claims she has no idea whether or not it is her name, according to ACS. She recently found herself recalling the words to what turns out to be an excerpt from a fantasy novel called Fools Fate by the author Robin Hobb. She also said she has been writing a fantasy story featuring a heroine named Rian “who’s been raised by the commander of the guard post on the edge of a fantasy kingdom.”

Fool's Fate, the end of a trilogy, ends with a thrilling conclusion involving a dragon, a prince, and all of humanity. We can only hope this particular saga ends as stunningly — though perhaps without the dragon. But that would be pretty cool, too.

Authorities seek to identify mysterious teen [NYP]