Amber Gerweck

Amber-Gerweck

Name: Amber Seger Gerweck
Age: 33 years old
Last seen: April 9, 2011
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Status: Found Alive

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Background

Amber Seger Gerweck was born in 1978, to parents Jackie and Dale Seger.

Amber got married in 1997 and the couple had four children together. In late 2006, the couple divorced and shared legal custody of their children, with her husband having physical custody.

Around the time of Amber Gerweck’s disappearance, she had moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Jackson, Michigan. The apartment was a few minutes away from her aunt Diane Spice’s home,

Disappearance

Amber’s aunt, Diane Spice receives a phone call from Amber’s boss early in the morning saying Amber had not been at work for the past 2 days. Diane found this out of character and unusual but thought Amber could just be sick, so she decides to go and check in on her. When she arrived at Amber’s apartment, no one answered the door.

Diane immediately calls Amber’s mother Jackie Seger to ask if she had heard from Amber recently, Jackie and Dale had spoken to Amber on Saturday 9th April 2011. Jackie says there was nothing out of the ordinary during the phone call and Amber never mentioned not going to work.

Amber Gerweck was reported missing on this day.

The Investigation

Authorities searched Amber’s home and did not find anything suspicious. There was food in the fridge, nothing was missing from the home and there were no signs of a struggle.

However, there was one item that caught an officer’s attention; it was Amber’s purse sitting by the door. Missing from the purse was Amber’s wallet, keys to her car and her car was not at the apartment.

In Amber’s bedroom, they found her cellphone on the bed and it was still switched on.

Three hours later, Amber’s parents receive a call about an abandoned car being found in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.

Amber Gerweck’s 2002 Ford Escape SUV, was found 600 miles away from her home, in Georgia. It was found parked in the parking lot of a Dollar General Store. Inside the vehicle were her car keys, wallet, and other personal belongings.

Found

On the evening of May 2nd, 2011, a woman wandering around near Bicentennial Park in Joliet, Illinois flagged down a passing officer. The woman told the officer that she didn’t know who she was or where she was.

The woman was taken to the hospital where she was examined by doctors. They found no physical trauma or chemical intoxication.

Police couldn’t match her fingerprints within any national database.

On May 5th, 2011, the woman was positively identified as missing woman Amber Seger Gerweck, after releasing her picture to the media.

The last thing Amber remembered was driving to a Jackson convenience store for ice cream and not being able to find the type that she wanted. She then doesn’t remember how she later traveled from a Dollar General Store in Georgia to a park in Joliet, Illinois.

Amber was diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia (TGA).  The doctors said she had suffered from a dissociative fugue, a rare medical condition accompanied by amnesia and wandering, as a kind of delayed reaction to her divorce five years earlier.

Amber said she had cheated on her husband and abandoned her four children. The reason for leaving her children was because she thought she was going to commit suicide.

Resources and Further Information

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/missing-michigan-mom-turns-up-in-illinois-after-georgia-detour-apparent-amnesia/

https://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/2012/04/amber_gerweck_diagnosed_with_a.html

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