Amnesia Victim Has Ties To Denver, CU

Man Woke Up Near Dumpster, Has No Memories

Benjaman Kyle has few clues to the life he once led.

He doesn’t know his birthday, where he grew up or the circumstances that led him to be naked and badly beaten and left by a Dumpster behind a Burger King in Richmond, Ga.

What he does know about his life comes mostly from faint recollections. He thinks he's 60 years old. He thinks Benjaman is his real name and he feels comfortable in restaurants and wonders if he once worked in the industry.

Kyle told 7NEWS about the time he saw his own reflection after regaining his eyesight.

"I looked in the mirror and I couldn't believe it; how old I looked. I just didn't seem like could be that old," Kyle said.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, he has recovered some memories, including reading Restaurants & Institutions magazine in the University of Colorado's Norlin Library in the 1970s.

It is also possible that he worked somewhere in Denver, specifically Colfax Avenue.

Kyle also told 7NEWS he recalls discussions in the city of Denver over expanding mass transit. Light rail first opened in 1994, but debates date back to 1980 -- about the time he thinks he would've lived in Colorado.

Those small clues gives hope to the people who have been trying to help him. They hope that someone will recognize him and shed light on the mystery of who he is.

The search for Kyle's identity began when he was found by a Burger King employee lying naked next to a Dumpster in August 2004. He was unconscious, sunburned, sweating and covered with fire ant bites, said Wynn Sullivan of the Center for Justice Administration at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

When he was found, he had no memory of who he was and didn't recognize his face. A photo of what Benjaman Kyle would have looked like using an age regression computer model.

His fingerprints have been searched by the FBI and the National Crime Information Center. He has given DNA samples to family genealogy centers, the military and even appeared on the Dr. Phil show hoping someone would recognize him.

Kyle suffers from a very rare kind of retrograde amnesia. Cognitive neuroscientist Jordan Grafman told the Camera it is unlikely that someone in Kyle's situation will regain memory.

The amnesia was likely caused by brain damage.

A documentary film crew is currently working on a production featuring Kyle's story. The film, titled Who Is Benjaman Kyle, is expected to be released sometime next year.

Kyle told the Camera that while he wonders about his former life, he tries to look forward.

"Whatever happened in the past … I don't have a time machine, I can't go back in time," he said. "At this point, I'm looking forward. I just want to move on with my life."

Anyone with information about Kyle is urged to contact law enforcement. Tips can also be sent to: tips@whoisbenjamankyle.com

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