Daniela Adamcova, mysterious woman with amnesia found in Krk, Croatia, identified in pairs in Los Angeles
Two Los Angeles residents solved the mystery of Croatian Jane Doe by identifying the woman who was found wrapped in a sheet on a rocky island who spoke perfect English but did not know her own name.
Nina Smidt told the Daily Beast that the brand-name woman pictured in photos that toured the world this week was Daniela Adamcova, who had worked as a craftsman at a company where she was a manager in 2015. She was placed there by a a nonprofit that helps the homeless, said Smidt. Croatian police confirmed his identity and age of 57 on Wednesday.
The company was operating out of a warehouse known as Second Space in downtown Los Angeles, and owner Tyler Madsen allowed the woman to live there rent-free so she could save money to move out. in Ireland and leave Skid Row.
Years earlier, she had been featured by a newspaper in her native Slovakia, which described her as a successful jewelry designer whose pieces were worn by stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Diana Ross.
“She was a very good worker, intelligent, and she has a wonderful heart.“
“I immediately recognized the woman in the photo,” Smidt told the Daily Beast Tuesday night. “The second I saw her picture, I sent it to Tyler to confirm it was her, which he confirmed.”
Madsen told the Daily Beast he was certain the woman was his former tenant, whom he had not seen since leaving for Ireland in July 2015.
“One hundred percent, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s her,” he said.
But Adamcova had been to the United States long before she met Smidt. In 2008, a local Slovak media called My Trencin, named after the town where she was born, published a flattering profile of her titled “Brigitte Bardot wore my jewelry”. The story goes that she left Slovakia in 1984 to pursue a career in jewelry design in America at the age of 19, which would make 56, a little younger than the Croatian authorities did. valued. She told the media that she wanted to go to America, which she called the “land of limitless possibilities”.
She worked in housekeeping and babysitting jobs and eventually started working for a real estate agency, she told the store. “I decided to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Trade in Santa Monica in the field of fashion design and artistic painting, specializing in handmade jewelry,” she said. “Then I found a job in a jewelry store, where my interest in jewelry started. There she says that expensive jewelry made by well-known designers was sold and that she was inspired to start creating her own designs.
“As I started to gain in practice, I bought real pearls and materials of better quality than gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones,” he said. she said, adding that at the time she was dating a film producer who was in contact. with people from the film industry.
“Thanks to him, I entered film studios and lent jewelry to make films and series,” she said. “A necklace of small stones in the shape of flowers appeared on the neck of the actress in the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She also owns the jewelry. She said she also sold jewelry to several Friends actors, Diana Ross, Brigitte Bardot, Barbara Streisand and the cast of Melrose Square. “Initially, I saw jewelry as a hobby,” she told her hometown newspaper, adding that she made a living from jewelry and sent exhibitions to Japan, New York. York and Hong Kong. She said she used pearls from Thailand, Japan and Hawaii in most of her designs.
In the article, she says that she returned to Slovakia in 2000. “The impulse to return was mainly the desire to start a family,” she said. But in the 2008 interview, she said she had dreams of returning to the United States after being discouraged by the situation in Slovakia. It is not known when she returned to the United States.
Smidt said that seeing the photo on Monday, she called the police in Croatia, who then contacted the embassy in Slovakia, where the woman is from and has family. She said police reported to her on Tuesday that the embassy had confirmed the woman’s identity with relatives. Adamcova was first appointed by The temperature from London.
“[She] had known hard times and bad luck. But she was a very good worker, smart and she has a wonderful heart, ”said Smidt.
“Tyler and I are concerned for his well-being and hope that now that his identity has been confirmed by the Embassy, his family can help find out what happened to him.”
Madsen, the owner of the warehouse where Adamcova lived and worked, added: “Our interactions have always been good. She was a hard worker and always tried to save money. I think it was Ireland that she was trying to go and had friends there and was really determined to save and join her people.
Czech tourists told local media that they met the woman on September 9 in Drvenik, Makarska, on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. They said she was from Slovakia, although they can’t remember exactly where. She told tourists that she had traveled by train from Slovakia and that she was planning to return home after traveling through Croatia.
“She told us how she traveled and that she was retired and her friends were still working,” said the tourists according to TN.CZ. “She made the trip alone. And because she feared a quarantine of 14 days after returning to Slovakia, she turned off her phone and threw away her SIM card. We talked about vaccinations, which the lady didn’t want and was worried about having to quarantine on her return, which she didn’t want either. “
Adamcova was spotted in Krk, Croatia on September 12 by a married couple fishing. The couple called for help and a rescue team had to use all-terrain vehicles and travel more than three kilometers to reach the woman. Police then found a backpack about 500 meters from where she was, which contained personal hygiene items but no ID. The wallet inside was also empty – no money or credit card – but they said it looked like a woman’s bag. Police have not confirmed whether they are investigating the incident as a robbery.
A Croatian police official told the Daily Beast that earlier this week they suspected the woman might be from Eastern Europe because of the clothes she was wearing, but she spoke English with an accent ” Queen’s English ”. Police say she was very confused, but the Czech couple said she was not when they met them. “She was very smart, she told us she had spent time in England so she spoke good English,” they said, adding that she spoke Slovak to them and had no scratches on her. the face. “She just got bitten by mosquitoes, she complained a lot about them and said if she had known, she wouldn’t have traveled to Croatia.
Although the question of the woman’s identity has been answered, authorities still do not know why or how she ended up in Krk, or how she survived in an area teeming with animal predators. There is also no clear answer as to why no one had reported her missing or was looking for her. His name does not appear on any international list of missing persons.
She was severely dehydrated and emaciated and had bloody scabs from deep scratches on her face, but she did not have cuts on her feet as you would expect on someone who came to the island by the way. rocky shore. Croatian police have announced that she will be handed over to Croatian social services upon discharge from hospital.