Man missing for 30 years finds family after memory returns

Edgar Latulip
Edgar Latulip

A Canadian man who was missing for 30 years and feared dead by his family has been reunited with them after he started to remember his real identity.

Edgar Latulip (50), was believed by his family to have been murdered or to have committed suicide after disappearing from a group home in the town of Kitchener, Ontario in September 1986.

Now he has turned up alive and well after bits of his memory began flooding back - leading to DNA tests that proved his identity was that of the missing man.

He was living in St Catharines, just 120 kilometres from the town where he vanished.

Local police say it is the longest period they have encountered of someone going missing before finally being discovered. They believe Mr Latulip experienced loss of memory that caused him to forget his own name after suffering a head injury soon after taking a bus from Kitchener to Niagara Falls in 1986.

Mr Latulip, who is said to have a developmental delay and functions at the level of a child, was recovering in hospital following a failed suicide attempt the last time his mother, Sarah Wilson, saw him.

Her son's disappearance made her ill, Mrs Wilson told a Canadian newspaper in 2014. "Having an answer would mean closure," she said.

"When Edgar disappeared, I became quite sick. I had to take a leave of absence from work. I was near a nervous breakdown."

The mystery of Mr Latulip's identity began to unravel last month when he told a social worker in St Catharines that he remembered long forgotten things about his past, including his name.

The social worker realised he was the subject of a missing person case after making a search on the internet, police said.

His identity was confirmed after tests showed that his DNA matched that of other members of his long-estranged family. Plans are under way to re-unite Mr Latulip with his mother and other relatives.