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Updated: Oct 17, 2007 04:05 PM
John Stehr/Eyewitness News
The FBI is hoping someone in Indianapolis will recognize a man who doesn't know who he is. He woke up one day in a hospital bed, and didn't remember how he got there or anything else about his life.
"I believe I was born in Indianapolis. I know I'm from Colorado. I'm pretty sure I went to a Catholic school. I'm sure my first name is Benjamin."
He calls himself "Benjamin Kyle," but that's not his real name.
Emergency crews found him three years ago - beaten, blind, without clothes or a wallet.
"I was found behind a dumpster at Burger King in Richmond Hill. They were calling me BK Unknown so I just picked a name for K, and been using that ever since then," said Kyle.
A charity donated eye surgery and that's when Kyle finally got a good look at himself in the mirror.
"That freaked me out, because I looked so old! I'm not really sure what happened before that - there seems to be a 20 year gap in my memory."
Now Kyle spends a lot of time on missing person sites, hoping to see his face. He looks at pictures of Indiana and Colorado to provide clues to his past.
"I'm intelligent, I haven't lost that part, but I've lost a lot of facts."
And the facts get in the way of the present and future.
"I can't get a social security number and they won't assign me a temporary one."
Without an identity, Kyle can't get a job. Last month the FBI ran his fingerprints through their databases.
"The way the computers are nowadays and the way everything is tied together, thought they'd find a match somewhere," said Kyle. "Unfortunately their exhaustive search did not result in a match."
It's a mystery the FBI hopes to help solve.
"Our salaries are paid for by taxpayers, and Benjamin Kyle deserves any service we can lend him," said Bill Kirkconnell, FBI. "And if we can reunite him with family members, or make his life easier, then that's our responsibility."
Kyle has been undergoing hypno-therapy to try to recover some of his memories. But, again, there is a chance that he has a connection to Indianapolis.
If you recognize him, please contact us at WTHR or e-mail us.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
August 16, 2008 by Todd Matthews
To Be Or Not To Be: Benjaman Kyle?
They don't come along very often, but it happens. A LIVING John or Jane Doe.
The man we now know as "Benjaman Kyle" has a very short history for a man thought to be somewhere in his mid 50's.
Four years ago a man was found naked, beaten and covered in fire ant bites beside a dumpster behind a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia. No identification unable to remember his name and where he comes from. "John Doe" adopted the pseudonym "Benjaman Kyle" until he recall who he is and where he is from
Benjaman feels that he may come from Indiana or Colorado but has no leads to prove it one way or another. He is willing to undergo hypnosis, submit DNA, undergo x-rays for dental or other purposes.
Recently I had heard from the Dr. Phil show from several directions! Producers are a lot like detectives in fact, and they have been thorough in their research. Some time back they decided to do a show on Benjaman Kyle in effort to help find his identity. They contacted several of my Doe Network colleagues as we have Benjaman posted there as 1007umga.
Round and round we go --- and Project EDAN ended up doing an age regression for the case upon request of Dr Phil. Two artists created a variety of age regressed images to various ages -- both hand sketched and digital. These will be featured on an upcoming episode of Dr Phil. I hope that not only will this be able to help ID Benjaman, I also hope that the artistic science of age regressions will also have a bit of a highlight.
Oddly enough -- Benjaman Kyle had already been on my mind along with other living Doe cases. It has been brought up at the NamUs working group meetings. Where do living does fit into the plan? NamUs is a system that will consist of two databases, an unidentified database (UDRS) and a missing persons database planned to go online this fall.
Now one might think that the unidentified database might be the spot for Benjaman. But that might not be the case -- as that database is geared toward the deceased and is managed by coroners and medical examiners. So the next thought was we would enter him into the almost functional missing persons databases managed by police agencies.
The plan for the NamUs system was to cross reference the missing and the unidentified deceased. A living doe was a unique scenario that would require a bit of planning. But never fear we do intend to include any current or future living doe into the NamUs system. I have to wonder if that will be the magic bullet for the Kyle case?
I think the route he is on is the very best route he can take. A confirmed case of amnesia with no detectable history is almost unbelievable. If direct efforts to work with Benjamin to find a clue continues to fail, reaching out to public will become more and more vital.
Estimated age: 50-60's
Approximate Height and Weight: 5'11"; 240 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Graying hair with receding hairline. Blue-green eyes. Above-average intelligence. Well-spoken. Professional demeanor.
Marks, Scars: Two parallel surgical scars on left elbow (from reparative surgery for broken elbow that may involve pins/plates implantation). Surgical scar on front of neck appears to be from cervical discectomy. Small round scar on left side of face near chin appears to be a puncture-type wound but believes it may be related to former tooth abscess. No tattoos. No body piercings.
Medical: Blinding cataracts in both eyes may have resulted from prolonged exposure to sun while unconscious prior to being found and brought to hospital.
Fingerprints: On file with the FBI in Savannah, Georgia.
Dentals: Three teeth missing from upper front and one tooth missing from upper right side of mouth. Not known whether dental problems occurred after or as result of mugging in August of 2004.
Look for an upcoming episode of Dr Phil featuring Benjaman Kyle. In the mean time -- if you have any tips that might help ID Benjaman Kyle -- we're interested in hearing from you.
If you have any information about this case please contact:
FBI - Savannah, GA
Bill Kirkconnell | 912-232-3716
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
I can also assist in contacting the Dr Phil Show in regards to this case.
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Mama Elena's is or was on East Colfax. The building was next to a Taco Bell and built of the same brick that they used to use for Taco Bells.. I always thought the building might have been built as a headquarters building for a Taco Bell Franchisee or a regional Headquarters for Taco Bell itself.
Mama Elena"s lad the best "Mexican" food in Denver. They said everything was prepared fresh daily and I believe it. It tasted like it. Th ey said their cuisine derived from the French when France ruled Mexico for a few years through a puppet emperor.
Near the corner of Colfax and Colorado were two coffee shops [now termed "family restaurants" as opposed to Starbucks which I don't believe even existed then] Azar's Big Boy and White Spot. I see by satellite pictures that neither building exists any longer.
Azars did have a great buffet, but lousy service. White Spot was great for bar rush but usually only had one cook on duty so it took a long time to get your food. Azar's always seemed to have plenty of staff on duty but they seemed more interested in talking to each other than waiting on customers. There was another White Spot closer to the State Capital on Colfax that was frequently called the Gay Spot instead of the White Spot. Both chains are now out of business, at least I can not find them anywhere in the internet.
The Normandy was on Colfax at Monroe Street [I think]. Their parking lot fronted Colfax and the building fronted a side street. It was very High End [expensive]. It had originally been located further east on Colfax, again, in an old house on the corner. After they moved another French Restaurant took over the building and made a success of it [ Tante Louise? ].
Down the street from Colorado Boulevard, west, toward the Capital Building, there was a old Sambo's building which was occupied by several restaurants at one time or another but none of them ever seemed to make a success of it. across the street from the Sambo's was an old Red Barn restaurant building that became an antique store. I think it is still in business.
Across from East High School was a Kentucky Fried Chicken clone whose name I do not remember.Just east of the chicken place was an Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips.
Somewhere on East Colfax, near the Park Avenue intersection was Mountain Man Pizza [I think I have the name right]. They had gotten several awards for having the best pizza in Denver, in my humble opinion it was the best in Colorado. They also had a store in Steamboat Springs. They had a salad bar set up in an old cast iron bathtub just inside the door.
Westworld used to publish these awards every year. I think they made up some category's just so their advertisers could win something.