Mystery woman with special needs baffles police in Daytona Beach

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WESH) —A day after police in Daytona Beach widely circulated a picture of an unidentified woman with disabilities who turned up at a local hospital, they still don’t know who she is.

“We are kind of at a standstill as to who this person is and where she comes from,” spokesman Jimmie Flynt told WESH 2 News.

The woman, who appears to be in her late teens to early or mid-20s, was spotted by staff at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, sitting at the bus stop on campus at about 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

“After they observed her out there for several hours, they brought her into the hospital, gave her something to eat and tried to communicate with her,” said Flynt.

The woman didn’t seem able to communicate, except to say the name ‘Jennifer,’ according to officials, and she appeared to have the mental capacity of a young child. She couldn’t write and didn’t understand sign language. Police ran her fingerprints through their rapid ID system.

“If it comes up with no hit, that means she’s never been fingerprinted by law enforcement,” an officer said.

The mystery woman’s prints were not found in the system.

Police showed the woman pictures, including a school bus and a greyhound bus, to see if she recognized anything, but got no reaction. She did seem to react to a picture of a Votran bus, but it’s possible that’s because she was sitting at a bus stop and Votran buses may have passed by.

“It’s really sad, and it looks like she was well taken care of,” said Flynt.

Police think someone, somewhere must be missing her and they are hoping to get information in by getting her picture and story out.

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