A woman who lost her memory 30 years ago was reunited with her children after she disappeared three decades ago when she was in a car accident in Cyprus that left her in a coma with no memory of her life.
Lee-Tracey Miley's children, 54, had not seen her since the summer of 1991 when she left Bournemouth to live in Cyprus.
Her son Craig Miley officially reported her missing last year and the police have now found her.
They discovered that Lee-Tracey left the UK in 1991 and went on vacation to Egypt.
She later went to Cyprus, where she was involved in a road collision in which she was in a coma with no memory of her life.
Eventually she moved to the United States where she tried to find her family but unfortunately couldn't because they moved several times.
The children had tried to find their mother on their own, but their efforts were unsuccessful, and so their son reported that she was missing last December.
A woman was reunited with her family after disappearing almost 30 years ago when she was involved in a car accident in Cyprus that left her in a coma with no memory of her life
An investigation has been opened under the direction of the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) of the Dorset Police.
In January this year, a request was made to the Department of Labor and Pensions to see if she would receive benefits that would bring her to the UK.
This investigation revealed that it was her was living in London in 2003 when the address provided was verified and it still could not be found.
Detectives also worked with HM Passports to find out if Lee-Tracey had ever held a British passport.
In addition, an inquiry was made with the International Crime Coordination Center as to whether she had ever applied for a visa to enter the United States.
In July of this year, detectives were able to confirm that Lee-Tracey was issued a passport in May 2003, which later expired in 2013 and was not renewed.
In October of that year, Interpol discovered that Lee-Tracey had entered the United States on May 12, 2004, and stated that she may have been living in Arizona.
The local police then found her at the address there.
Lee-Tracey's son Craig received the news and they have been in regular contact ever since.
Craig Miley, son of Lee-Tracey Miley, said: & # 39; Dorset MCIT has been consistently amazing. I came to them with a real concern for our mother's welfare that had not been seen or heard from (not even a trace) in nearly 30 years.
& # 39; The team took the case and were relentless in their search. No stone was left unturned and they kept me regularly up to date, even during a blocking period. The team was extremely professional and had real empathy for me and my family.
Lee-Tracey Miley's children, 54, had not seen her since the summer of 1991 when she left Bournemouth to live in Cyprus (pictured)
“For many years I searched and even tried to find our mother with a television crew.
& # 39; The Dorset Police Department deserves credit for the MCIT and good news like this needs to be aired more often.
"My family and I would like to thank all of the team for helping and wish them all the best for the future."
A police spokesman added: “The children tried to find their mother on their own, but they were unsuccessful. Inconsistent comments the children had heard over the years culminated in the son reporting them missing to Dorset police.
& # 39; An investigation has been launched, led by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) of the Dorset Police.
& # 39; Lee-Tracey was reported to have moved to Cyprus after leaving Bournemouth in 1991 but little was known of other information that detectives provided for their investigation.
In January 2020, a request was made to the Department of Labor and Pensions to see if the missing woman had received benefits to see if she was still living in the UK.
& # 39; This investigation led to information that Lee-Tracey was living in London in 2003. However, controls were carried out at known addresses and local authorities in the area which were found negative. Further investigations were carried out by the Metropolitan Police in London, but officers were unable to find any known employees of the missing woman.
While the investigation continued, detectives reached out to HM Passports to find out if Lee-Tracey had a British passport. They also made inquiries to e-boarders, but their recordings failed to provide any clues.
& # 39; An application was also made to the International Crime Coordination Center after it became known that the missing woman may have applied for a visa to enter the United States of America.
In July 2020, detectives received confirmation that a passport was issued to Lee-Tracey in May 2003 which later expired in 2013 and was not renewed.
They then identified who had signed the missing woman's passport photo in September 2020 and attempts were made to contact that person. Very sadly, however, they passed away the week before receiving this information.
The following month, in October 2020, Interpol investigations confirmed that Lee-Tracey entered the US on May 12, 2004 and a possible game is now taking place in Arizona.
Local Arizona Police officers did an address check, and Lee-Tracey lived safe and sound there.
Lee-Tracey left in 1991 and was on vacation in Egypt. She later went to Cyprus and was unfortunately involved in a street collision in which she was in a coma with no memory of her life. Eventually she moved to the United States and tried to find her family, which was unsuccessful as they had moved several times since then.
On Friday, October 30, 2020, Lee-Tracey's son was informed of the news that his mother was living in Arizona. You have been in regular contact ever since. & # 39;
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour said, “I am delighted that our investigation has allowed us to reunite a mother with her children after nearly 30 years.
& # 39; This has been a detailed and extensive investigation that has involved many agencies and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts.
"We faced a number of challenges throughout, but we remained determined and always found a new line of investigation that luckily led to the discovery of Lee-Tracey."
Christina Summons, daughter of Lee-Tracey Miley, said: “Words cannot express my gratitude for those who tried to find my mother and reunite as a family.
“After years of searching, I had begun to give up hope of ever having my mother in my life, so I am always grateful for the Dorset MCIT investigative efforts.
“Growing up as a girl without a mother was difficult in many ways, especially after having my own four children. You now have a grandma and while the distance between us means we can't actually meet, we won't give up hope.
“I set up a fundraiser in the hope that we can finally close this distance. I look forward to hugging my mother, brother and sister and meeting their grandchildren.
"Again, a big thank you to the Dorset Police Department for giving us hope and a new future."
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