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Man suffering from amnesia has Madison ties

MADISON (WKOW) --  Answers for a man suffering from amnesia in Seattle might be hidden in Madison.

Picture waking up: and not knowing who you are. That's what happened to a man in Seattle two weeks ago.  

Family members have since told the Seattle Times they believe he's 53-year-old Edward Lighthart.

"John Doe" is still looking for answers.

Doe recalls his talking with a bus driver right after he woke up, saying, "I told him, I said, 'I need help: I don't know where I am at,' he said, 'Discovery park.'

I said, 'That means nothing to me, what city am I in?' He said, 'Seattle.'

I said, 'I recognize that city but have no idea how I arrived here or by what means.'"

Friends and family say.. They think they know who this mystery man is.

Randy Syner, a classmate of Lighthart's at the Union Institute in Cinncinnati in the early 90's, says, "There's no doubt in my mind that was Ed Lighthart."

John Doe held a press conference in Seattle Friday, to make sure.

Doe says, "The reason that this came about was to get more clarification about who I am, how I came to Seattle, just some history about my background."

That history led to Madison, Wisconsin.

University Archive Director David Null took us through the archives at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where a man named Edward Lighthart graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors Degree in French. College directories show Lighthart as living on Old Sauk Road and other addresses from 1980-1984.

Lighthart also shows up in a 2000 UW-Alumni directory with contact information leading to 4230 East Towne Blvd. #152. We're not sure why that is.

Snyder adds, "Some people thought this was a hoax, and the time I knew Ed, he certainly wouldn't pull something like this."

We talked to a couple french professors who don't remember much about Lighthart. They do say he succeeded academically at the UW.

Friends say he dropped out of a doctorate program in Cincinnati in the early 90's, and has since lived in Europe and across the United States.

Our searches turned up numerous people who graduated in 1984 with Ed Lighthart. If you know Ed, let us know. Email with your story.

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