Coming Sunday: More about Michael Boatwright, the back-story of a man with no past

July 19th, 2013 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

The story of Michael Boatwright has run around the world since it began in the desert, but many questions remain unanswered.

Boatwright, a 61-year-old man from Florida, awoke at Desert Regional Medical Center on in February, speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past.

Michael Boatwright, Johan Elk


But what brought Boatwright to Palm Springs?

Why was he found with five tennis rackets and foreign cell phones, unconscious in a Motel 6 room?

Where are the friends and family who must know this man, even if he doesn’t know himself?

And what does a samurai sword have to do with all of this?

These questions will be answered in a Desert Sun exclusive that will be published this Sunday. The story includes new interviews with friends who knew Boatwright over the past year of his life, and a local source who spoke to Boatwright – in English – shortly before his memory disappeared. Finally, the story includes a new interview with Boatwright himself, who reacted to hearing new details about his own life for the first time.

For more info on Boatwright, you can read The Desert Sun’s original story on the amnesia patient here: This story was picked up USA Today, then spread to dozens of news organizations around the world.

You can also read The Desert Sun subsequent story about the discovery of Boatwright’s sister, published on July 16, here:

For more on Boatwright, pick up a copy of The Desert Sun on Sunday, or return to


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