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Benjaman Kyle, the man who has been without an identity for 11 years finally knows who he is. Found behind a dumpster outside of a Burger King and hospitalized, Benjaman woke up with no memory of who he was, and was diagnosed with retrograde amenesia.

Unable to work without I.D or a social security number Kyle was dependent on the support system that rallied around him in Jackson, Florida, where he’s lived for over a decade while searching for who he is.

Thanks to the help of genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, he was able to determine his identity using the same process used in finding biological parents in adoption cases.

He made the following Facebook post:

“MY IDENTITY HAS BEEN FOUND! It is now the start of the eleventh year since this began and I never thought this day would come. A little over two months ago I was informed by CeCe Moore that that they had established my Identity using DNA. Many people had shared their DNA profiles so that they could be compared with mine.

Through a process of elimination they determined my ancestral bloodline and who my relatives were. A DNA test taken by a close relative has confirmed that we are related.

I have been in contact with them and plan on visiting them next week. I will soon have a Social Security card and a new Florida ID card. I am reserving my new name for now until I have met my new found relatives.”

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In 2004, Benjaman Kyle woke up with no identification, no clothes, and no memories. Eight years later, no one, including the United States Government has any idea who he is.

Life being far stranger then fiction, great short documentary.

The Mysterious Case Of Benjaman Kyle


Benjaman Kyle was found unconscious behind a Burger King restaurant in Richmond Hill, Georgia in August 2004. He remembers very little about what happened in his life before this date and was diagnosed with dissociative amnesia. He does not remember his social security number and has been homeless since the date he was found unconscious. Despite widespread media coverage noone has yet come forward claiming to know who he was in his past life before the events of August 2004. 

There have been many attempts carried out in order to find out Kyle’s true identity - these include DNA tests, fingerprint comparisons, facial recognition comparisons and research of birth announcements around the time of Benjaman’s remembered birthdate. However, none of these have been completely successful. 

To this date neither Benjaman nor anyone else knows who Benjaman Kyle really is - he is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

Kyle currently resides in a 5x8 foot shack provided by a good Samaritan in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Benjaman Kyle is possibly the most well known dissociative amnesia sufferer to date.

In August of 2004, a Burger King worker found Benjaman Kyle nude, sunburned, and covered in ant bites behind a dumpster. There were three depressions in his skull thought to be caused by blunt force trauma. Benjaman was unconscious and remained that way after being transported to the hospital for two weeks.

Upon waking, Benjaman only recalled faint memories of his past and was mostly unaware of who he was or where he came from. He even said that when he looked in the mirror for the first time after waking up he saw a man about 20 years older than he initially thought he was. DNA, Benajman’s memories, and some hard detective work have led to Benjaman’s real last name possibly being Davidson and the discovery of what are believed to be two of his second cousins. Apart from this, nothing else has been found to lead to Benjaman’s identity and no one has come forward saying they know who he is. Benjaman Kyle recently cut off contact with a forensic genealogist when she told him she was getting very close to discovering his identity.

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Finding Benjaman

A beautiful story presented through a short film by John Wilkstrom.

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What if you woke up one day with no memory of your past? That’s what happened to this man, who now goes by the name Benjaman Kyle as he doesn’t remember his real name. 

Benjaman Kyle suffers from dissociative amnesia. He was discovered unconscious on August 31, 2004, in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and is believed to be about 64 years old. He is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

Limited Memories

Kyle has memories of Indianapolis as a child, including memories of local cinemas and state fairs. More specific memories place him in Indianapolis between at least 1954 and 1963. The earlier date is based on his recognition of the Fountain Square Theater, but not the Granada Theater. The Granada closed in the mid-1950s. The later date is based on his recollections of a 2% retail sales tax that was enacted by the State of Indiana in 1963.

Kyle also has memories of the area around the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his memories place him in the Denver-Boulder area in the late 1970s to early 1980s. In an interview with Channel 7 News in Denver, Kyle reported having memories of the controversy surrounding the construction of mass transit in Denver, at a time when the city still had no financing to proceed. Although the mass transit system in Denver went into operation in 1994, public debate over the construction of the system dates back to about 1980, consistent with the time period of the other memories that Kyle has about Denver and Boulder.

During an October 16, 2008 interview on the television show of Dr. Phil McGraw, he recollected some minor memories he has, such as having brothers, being 10 years older than Michael Jackson (giving him a possible birth date of August 29, 1948), being around restaurant equipment, and that he attended a Catholic School. Through hypnosis, he has recalled a partial Social Security number: 3X5-44-XXXX, consistent with numbers assigned in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana during the 1960s.

Benjaman Kyle has an unusually detailed knowledge of restaurant operation and food preparation equipment, leading to the belief that he may have once worked in these industries.

Search for his past

Kyle has worked with numerous DNA testing agencies (such as 23andme) in hopes of finding relatives. His fingerprints have been run through national databases and his story has been run on several well-known news channels and popular shows (such as Dr. Phil). All attempts so far have failed. 

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Interestingly, Kyle’s story is similar to a nosleep story I posted awhile back. Read it here