NEW JERSEY --
A 'Jane Doe' who has been living in a New Jersey psychiatric hospital since she was found wandering the Woodbridge Center mall in 1994 has finally been identified. The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that a multiyear crusade by Human Services Police Officer Lt. Eduardo Ojeda uncovered that the woman is 74-year-old Elba Leonor Diaz Soccarras, a Colombian immigrant who struggled for years as a single mother supporting her daughter with factory work.
Tips from the public and aid from the Colombian consulate helped establish that Soccarras immigrated to the U.S. legally in 1969, making her eligible for a transfer to a nursing home.
The non-verbal Alzheimer's patient has been living at the Garrett Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Hunterdon County for years.
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