A woman who was rescued from a Croatian island without remembering how she got there, where she came from or who she was, has been identified as a former Slovak designer who lived in Ireland and the United States and made jewelry for Diana Ross and other celebrities.
Croatian police on Wednesday named the woman as Daniela or Dana Adamkova, adding that the 57-year-old was identified after friends and acquaintances from Croatia and Slovakia identified her from a photo published on Monday.
news site 24 sata She said that confirmation of Adamcova’s identity also came from the United States, where she lived sporadically until 2015 and reportedly sold jewelry to stars including Brigitte Bardot and Barbra Streisand. Her work has also appeared in the Friends series.
It was discovered on September 12 on the island of Krk, sitting on a jagged rock near the sea in a remote part of the island. Police said she spoke “fluent English” but did not have an ID or phone.
Officials on Wednesday described her condition as stable and said she was responding to treatment in hospital in the Croatian mainland town of Rijeka. They said social services would take over once she was out of hospital care.
An acquaintance of the United States, Nina Smedt, Tell The Daily Beast Adamcova worked briefly at a company she ran in 2015 after being hired there by a nonprofit that helped homeless people find work.
Several years ago, a magazine in her Slovak hometown of Trencin, which she reportedly left in 1984 to study design in the United States, published a profile of her that described her as a successful jewelry designer who has sold pieces to many stars.
Adamkova told the magazine that she studied fashion design in Santa Monica, then reached out to the entertainment world through a successful film producer, whom she began dating and later married.
The couple is said to have separated in 2000 and Adamkova returned to Slovakia, where she remained until 2008. It is unclear when she returned to the United States, but between 2015 and 2018 she was in Ireland, working in homeless shelters, before returning again to Trencin.
A Slovak friend living in Zagreb also recognized Adamkova from a police photo, while two Czech tourists remember meeting her on the Croatian Dalmatian coast. Remember, she was from Slovakia and was vacationing alone.
Adamcova was seen on a rough bump on the Krk by a fisherman. Fearing that his boat would veer off the ground if he tried to rescue it himself, the fisherman alerted the police, who dispatched an emergency rescue team in two 4x4s. They had to leave their cars and walk more than 3 kilometers to reach it.
Describing her as dehydrated and disoriented, police said she appeared to have spent more than one night in a remote area visited by bears and wild boars. She was so weak that she was unable to drink water without help, and her face was injured. – guardian
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