You are Linda Hegg. Your home state is Delaware. You have a degree in linguistics and served time in the military. You are the subject of a three-month missing persons search and it's time to go home.
If someone told you this, it would sound as foreign and unreliable to you as it did to the 56-year-old woman living in a Toronto homeless shelter. Only for Linda Hegg it was true.
Three months ago, she arrived at a Canadian shelter with $20, a paper bag stuffed with shredded paper, and only the knowledge of her first name. Who she was and how she got there was as much a mystery to case workers as it was to Hegg herself.
On Tuesday, Toronto police pieced together Hegg's identity with the help of concerned family members and an anonymous web sleuth, who linked Hegg's online trails to the missing persons report. Hegg, a former Naval Officer, had traveled to Canada by bus with an expired passport, according to the Toronto Star, and walked into a Toronto homeless shelter where she remained until this week.