Finding Benjaman Kyle


In 2004, an unidentified man was found beaten, unconscious, naked and sunburned by the dumpster of a Burger King in Georgia. Suffering from dissociative amnesia and thus having no idea of who he was, nor possessing any form of identification or social security card, the man took on the pseudonym “Benjaman Kyle” and after years of homelessness, has since spent the last decade trying to recover his identity. He has no idea who he is, other than a few scattered memories, and so far no friends or family members have come out and identified him.

This might sound like the plot of a suspense thriller, but this is real life.  Yes, this is a true story, and yes, this man is really out there.  This short film (less than 10 minutes) tells the whole story:

More information (and contact info, in case someone recognizes him) can be found on his website,  The FBI has been unable to find his identity, so now the internet provides possibly the best chance that this man has of getting recognized.

Yes, this is an old story—but it’s also an ongoing one.  Whether or not Benjaman possesses a social security card, he is still a human being trapped in an unfortunate scenario, and he deserves the same benefits as everyone else.


Photo taken by Joshua Sharpe for Jax Air News


4 thoughts on “Finding Benjaman Kyle

  1. There’s one thing that isn’t making sense here. If Benjamin Kyle doesn’t have any ID and he lives in Florida, why hasn’t he been approach for a job with a drug ring. He’d be the perfect man for the business.

  2. What a fascinating story, it does make you wonder why there has been no resolution to this, in this age of global wall to wall news where we all know everything. I can’t imagine having no idea about who I was before, although i did have a fever once and couldn’t recall who I was for fifty minutes, when i remembered my name, I called work and took the day off.

    • Haha oh yeah, that’s the kind of day you definitely want to take off work!

      And I agree, it’s really surprising – and terribly tragic – that even in these day and age, where a single face can be plastered all across the world in less than five minutes, that this man’s identity still hasn’t been found. Really, I think that the best thing that can happen is that his image and story stays in the public consciousness (hence why I posted about him), as that will heighten his chances of being recognized by someone who knows him.

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