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New York "Jane Doe" is from Colville

NEW YORK - It turns out a woman found in New York, who authorities say has a rare case of complete amnesia, is not a teen who has been missing for over two years, but a young woman from Colville who has been living on the west side of the state. 

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Scott Wilson told KHQ, the 18-year-old woman has been identified as Kacie Peterson.

Peterson recently moved to Hansville from Colville to live with a friend of her deceased mother in June of this year. She had previously been living with her father Henry Peterson in Colville prior to moving to the west side of Washington.

A missing person's report was filed for Peterson on Oct. 2nd in Kitsap County after Family members in Colville contacted the Sheriff's Office.  Wilson said the girls father told deputies that the woman's entire bank account had been drained.  He also said that when the family first reported Peterson missing they requested the media not be notified.

Wilson said he had no idea on how Peterson got to New York or what she was doing there, "We don't know if she took a plane, bus, train or hitchhiked.  We don't know how she got there"

Peterson had been taking classes at Kingston High School part time. Willson said she had only been attending school a short time.  School officials said Peterson was shy and quiet and  didn't have many known friends at the school.

Earlier Sunday New York Police said they had identified the 18-year-old, who they are referred to as "Jane Doe", but did not release her name. All they would say is that she's from Washington State.

Peterson was found at a shelter for homeless youth in midtown Manhattan on October 9th with no memory of her name or her family.

At first authorities thought the missing woman may have been Kara Kopetsky of Kansas City, Missouri. She was last seen at her high school in may 2007.

After national media attention 3 tippsters called the New York Police and identified the young woman as Peterson.  New York Police then notified the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office who positivly identified her as Peterson.

Wilson said Sunday night a family member from Colvill was flying to New York to bring Peterson back to Washington. 

New York City's child welfare authorities say she showed up, disoriented and unresponsive, at the gate of Covenant House, a shelter for children who have no family support.  Guards got her an ambulance. But two weeks later, she still had no idea who she was. No one at Covenant House knew her, either.

The Administration for Children's Services, which is caring for the girl, said as far as psychologists can tell, her amnesia is genuine.

The ACS had quoted her as saying, "I just want to know who I am."

(KHQ web producer, NBC News and the Associated Press)

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