Edgar was living in a home for disabled individuals and had recently attempted suicide. When he disappeared his family thought he had either killed himself or been murdered.
Apparently Edgar suffered some kind of trauma to his head and lost his memory until recently.
Apparently DNA tests confirmed his identity.
It's an odd story because I can't help but wonder how he survived for those 30 years if it is true, as the article states, he functions at the level of a 12 year old.
I did a little research on his mother (because that's what we genealogists do), who now goes by the name Sylvia Wilson and is said to live in Ottawa Ontario. Her father, and thus Edgar's grandfather's obituary is found in 1979 in the Ottawa Citizen under date of 1February
I hoped to find news stories of the disappearance in 1986 but had no luck.
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