– Amnesia patient Michael Boatwright’s sister located in Louisiana (mydesert, July 16, 2013):
The family of Michael Boatwright — who was found unconscious in a Palm Springs motel room four months ago and woke up speaking only Swedish — heard about his whereabouts for the first time Monday.The Desert Sun located a sister of the 61-year-old, who has spent more than 19 weeks at Desert Regional Medical Center insisting he is named Johan Ek and has no memory of his life as Boatwright. Despite the Florida identification found in his wallet, he has been speaking only in Swedish and says he does not understand English.
Boatwright’s family did not know whether he was alive or dead, his sister Michelle Brewer told The Desert Sun over the phone from her home in Louisiana.“I haven’t talked to him in years. He just disappeared,” she said.
Brewer estimated she had last spoken to her brother about 10 years ago. She didn’t have any way to get in touch with him, even when their mother died last year, she said.
“He’s always been just a wanderer. Then he’d come back when he needed some money or something from somebody. Then he’d take off again,” Brewer told The Desert Sun.