The parents of Amber Gerweck, the Michigan woman who was found in Illinois after missing for three weeks, said their daughter is physically fine, but has no recollection of who they are or how she ended up more than 200 miles from her home.
Jackie Seger, of Calhoun, said Gerweck had some memories, mostly from her childhood, such as her grandparents’ home, but did not recognize her mother and father when they visited.
Gerweck approached police officers in Joliet, Illinois, telling them she didn’t know who she was or why she was there. They took her to Silver Cross Hospital where doctors said it appeared to be a legitimate case of amnesia. Hospital and law enforcement tried to find her identity before turning to the media and public. She was identified when a woman recognized her photo as being posted on Facebook.
The Segers left Wednesday night after making a positive identification for Joliet, a suburb of Chicago. They spent Thursday talking to investigators and doctors before being able to see their daughter.
Test concluded there was no physical cause to the amnesia, Jackie said. Nor had neurological testing revealed anything.
“Physically, she is fine,” said Jackie, adding that psychiatric evaluations would begin soon. “Right now, it’s one step at a time.”
The case is still under investigation with police departments in Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia trying to piece together how Gerweck ended up in Illinois after her SUV was found in Tunnel Hill and why she left Michigan to begin with.
Amber Gerweck, the missing woman from Michigan whose car was found in Tunnel Hill last month has been found alive, according to family members.
According to her mother, Gerweck flagged down police officers in Joliet, Ill., telling them she had no memory of who she was or where she was from. She has no memory prior to Monday.
Officers took her to a hospital. Local authorities began working to find her identity.
Gerwek's parents, who live in Calhoun, said video surveillance of her shows she'd been in Joliet, Ill., for several days.
"For about three mornings, she was going to the same place to get coffee," said her mother, Jackie Seger. Other witnesses reported seeing her around town.
Around 8 p.m. on Monday, Gerweck flagged down police officers and told them she didn't know who she was or why she was in Bicenntenial Park in Joliet. Officers took her to the hospital and began working to find her identity.
Gerweck's car was found abandoned at a Dollar General in Tunnel Hill on Sunday, April 10.
Video surveillance showed she entered the store at 8:04 a.m. on Sunday, bought some items, then left.
The vehicle, a 2002 silver Ford Escape, was found locked, parked in front a Dollar General store in the small town just north of Dalton, according to Chief Roy Brunson of the Tunnel Hill Police Department.
According to family, Gerweck had lived in Rome and Plainville in the past, but had not mentioned visiting when they last spoke to her.
“I felt like I’d been sucker punched,” her father, Dale Seger, said about watching the Dollar General surveillance video, which showed Gerweck, wearing a blue Kentucky hooded sweatshirt buying items at the store.
The video showed that she entered the store at 8:04 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, made a purchase, then left at 8:11 a.m. In the video, she was also wearing light colored blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Shortly after her vehicle was found, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department conducted a broad search around the Tunnel Hill Dollar General. Family members said the search involved dogs and officers, centered in the area of the Dollar General.
The search turned up no new evidence.
The family said law enforcement had no new leads early this week and that officials had declared the case cold.
Gerweck told her parents in a phone conversation Saturday morning, April 9, that she planned to stay home and study for some college courses she was taking. Her family said she had no plans to visit Georgia in the near future, but that she had discussed coming to Georgia in July on vacation with her four children.
When she failed to show up for work on Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12, her employer contacted family members. While she works for a company that contracts with Homeland Security, the family says her job was not the main focus of their investigation.
According to family, nothing appeared missing from her apartment where her cell phone and books were found on the bed. Several reported sightings in Gordon County were not verified. during the time Gerweck was missing.