Losing your memory and waking up not knowing who you are is something that none of us would want to experience, but that’s exactly what happened to Benjamin Kyle.
On August 31, 2004, an unknown American man was found naked and injured behind a dumpster at a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia. The man has no identification or any other belongings with him.
The discover was made by a BK employee before the restaurant opened that day. He was found to have suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had been attacked by red ants that left bite marks on his body.
When the BK employee alerted authorities, they picked him up and checked him into Savannah hospital as “Burger King Doe” due to not knowing his identity. Two weeks later, he saw semiconscious and transferred to Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Eventually the mystery man stated his name to be Benjaman with two ‘a’s, but claimed he was unable to recall his last name, but gave himself the name ‘Kyle’. Following release from the hospital, he bounced around doing cash-in-hand yard work, but never remembered who he was and became known as Benjamin Kyle.
For over a decade, this was his reality, but in February 2015 there was a breakthrough in the mystery and Benjamin Kyle’s true identity would remain a mystery no more.
Forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick reported that she was having success in finding some close relatives and on September 16, 2015, Benjamin Kyle announced on his Facebook page that his real identity had been found by a team of adoption researchers led by CeCe Moore who established his identity through a DNA match with his family. Through a process of elimination they determined Benjamin Kyle’s ancestral bloodline and who his relatives were.
By November 21, 2016, his true identity was shared. He as born no August 29, 1948 in Lafayette, Indiana, and his real name is William Burgess Powell.