It sounds like the makings of a movie: North Carolina man has an accident while vacationing in New Hampshire and loses his memory. He doesn’t know his name or where he’s from, but a gut feeling tells him to head for North Carolina. He sets off on his journey, walking and hitchhiking, doing odd jobs along the way to earn enough money to eat. In a small North Carolina town, deputies find the man, and, through some top-notch police work and the initials on the fellow’s wedding band, they identify him and reunite him with his family.
What sounds like fiction actually played out in McDowell County early Saturday morning.
Hugh Weidenhamer Armstrong, 72, of Clayton was reunited with his wife, Ellen, and their daughter, Diane Black, after they reported him missing 17 days ago, midday on Wednesday, July 25 inRumney,N.H.
Armstrong and his family were vacationing at a home near Stinson Lake.
Lt. Jim Kneeland of the N.H. Fish and Game Department said Armstrong left a note at 6 a.m., saying he was going out for a 5-mile hike and would be back at 9 a.m. When he didn’t return, family members conducted a search but had no luck.