Nearly two weeks after an unidentified woman walked into the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, police have identified her.
The woman, who appeared disheveled and was unable to assist police in obtaining her identity, is 19-year-old Lynn Cameron of Algonquin, Ill., a suburb northwest of Chicago.
Cameron was abandoned in Caryville just after 10 p.m. on June 28, according to the police report.
Nora Solis was working at the Big Orange Bar the night Cameron came into the establishment. She described Cameron’s speech as “limited” and quickly realized the woman suffered from mental impairment when she tried to check her identification.
The bar’s door says no one under 21 is permitted to enter.
“She was talking, but I really couldn’t make sense of what she was saying,” Solis said.
Solis then called the bar’s owner and the Caryville Police.
Caryville Detective Sgt. Freddy Walker was dispatched to the Big Orange Bar in reference to an allegedly autistic female, according to the report.
Walker spoke to everyone in the bar and all of the patrons stated the girl came in alone and they did not see anybody dropping her off, according to the report. Because of its proximity to the bar, Assistant Chief Stephanie Smith reviewed security footage from the Motel 6. Cameron did not appear on any of the footage from the previous 24 hours.
Smith wrote in the report she observed Cameron to be mentally handicapped with a small vocabulary. Cameron could not tell officers her name or age.
Officers requested an ambulance because Cameron reportedly kept stating she wanted to die. Because Cameron appeared to be underage, on-call Department of Children’s Services employee, Kathy Orteza, also came to the scene. Orteza and Smith followed the ambulance to a local hospital.
While at the hospital, Cameron stated she was 16, 17 and 18 years of age. She also said she lived in Tennessee, Illinois, Texas and in a church.
During an examination, Smith and nurse at the hospital reportedly observed a cesarean section scar on Cameron’s abdomen. She was unable to provide any information on the alleged pregnancy.
A bone scan at the hospital was able to determine that Cameron was between 15 and 21 years old.
When Cameron’s photo was released to the media, Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones sais that his office received more than 200 calls from states including Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, South Dakota, Michigan, Alabama and Illinois. It was a call from Illinois that finally broke the case.
“There was a lady called the office here and she was a bus driver for a school up there that took care of the handicapped, and she recognized her [Cameron],” Jones said.
Lynn Cameron’s mother was identified as Eva Cameron, 1921 Cloverdale Lane, Algonquin, Ill. 60102.
Smith says that Eva Cameron returned to Caryville at her request on Tuesday.
“She made it absolutely clear that she wasn’t taking her,” Smith said.
Lynn Cameron is currently in state custody. Charges cannot be filed against Eva Cameron because her daughter is legally an adult.