A woman disappears after a horrific motorcycle accident leaves her physically impaired.
When she graduated from high school in 1980, Selena Edon was everything a parent could ask for. She was president of the student body and of the senior class. But Selena had always marched to her own drummer. After a brief stint in the Air Force, Selena became a journeyman construction worker in San Francisco. She joined the teamsters and bought herself a motorcycle. On November 29, 1989, Selena Edon was driving home from the union hall in downtown San Francisco when she collided with a truck. She was admitted to the hospital as Jane Doe. Her I.D. papers had disappeared in the aftermath of the accident and seven days passed before her mother and brother were tracked down in San Diego. According to her friend Laurie Gallagher, Selena had lost a significant amount of her memory:
Selena’s left eye had been permanently damaged. She suffered painful headaches. Her left thigh was crushed and a severe head injury caused fluid to build up around her brain. Still, Selena began a demanding regimen of physical therapy. According to her brother, Dion Edon, Selena was eager to regain her health:
Two months after the accident, Selena moved to San Diego to live with her mother, Clarissa:
Soon, the headaches gave way to general confusion. Physically, Selena was getting better. But according to her mother, Selena’s mental state was worsening:
With her recovery stalled, Selena decided to return to San Francisco in May of 1990. She hoped that the familiarity of old friends like Laurie Gallagher would help her recovery:
Despite her erratic behavior, Selena had been in the habit of calling her mother regularly. Finally, in October of 1990, nearly one year after the accident, Clarissa Edon received a phone call she would never forget:
Selena’s family hired a private investigator to search for her. Even after she told her mother she was leaving town, she was sighted in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. The investigator followed up on all the leads, but never found her. Selena’s family and friends continue to believe she’s alive somewhere in the United States, most likely lost and confused. Selena Marie Edon was born in 1962. She stands 5’7” tall and, at the time of her disappearance, weighed 110 pounds. Selena also walks with a limp.