Croatian police on Wednesday confirmed the identity a woman found in a remote area of an island with no memory of her name or where she came from.
Police said the woman is Daniela Adamcova, a 57-year-old from Slovakia. Her identity was confirmed after friends from Croatia, Slovakia and the United States recognized her from a photograph released by law enforcement, according to multiple reports.
Adamcova was discovered on Sept. 12 on the northern Adriatic island of Krk by people fishing. She was seen on jagged rocks close to the sea in an area of the island where bears are known to roam.
The woman lived in the U.S. on and off from approximately 1984 until 2015, according tomultiple reports. She was previously a jewelry designer whose pieces were worn by celebrities including Diana Ross, Brigitte Bardot and Barbra Streisand.
When she was found on the island this month, Croatian media reported that she spoke English but did not know her name. She didn't have any identification or a cellphone.
Nina Smidt, who managed a company where Adamcova worked as an artisan in 2015, told the Daily Beast that the woman had previously been homeless.
“(She) had run into hard times and bad luck. But she was a really good worker, smart, and she has a wonderful heart,” Smidt said.
Smidt told the outlet she called police in Croatia after seeing Adamcova’s photo online earlier this week.
A news outlet in Slovakia published a profile of Adamcova in 2008, describing her as a successful jewelry designer
Croatian rescue officials said that Adamcova was found “exhausted and with light injuries and disoriented.” She was taken to a hospital in the town of Rijeka for medical care and is expected to be released into the care of Croatian social services.
Contributing: Associated Press