Canada police
When Latulip went missing, his mother Sylvia Wilson had said that her son had the mental abilities of a childBlair Gable/Reuters

A Canadian man who disappeared 30 years ago remembers his real identity, thus solving his own missing case. Edgar Latulip will be reunited with his family after his DNA sample matched one of his family member's. Latulip, who was 21 when he vanished, is now 50.

In January, Latulip told his social worker that he remembered his real name and bits and pieces from his past. "Pieces of his memory started coming back. Then the social worker found something on the internet that led them to believe this was something more," Constable Philip Gavin of the Niagara Regional Police was quoted as saying by The Record.

When Latulip went missing, his mother Sylvia Wilson had said that her son had the mental abilities of a child. She had also feared that her son might have committed suicide or was killed after he went missing from a group home in Kitchener town in Ontario on 2 September, 1986. Latulip had also tried to commit suicide before he vanished. Police found Latulip living 80 miles away from where he disappeared.

"I think he got on a bus, and the bus took him to Niagara Falls, and then he wandered on to St Catharines. That's when he suffered the head injury. When he kind of woke up, things were a lot different," Gavin said. "This is a new one for me. I've never seen anything like this before," Gavin said.

"I had hopes that he was out there somewhere," Detective Constable Duane Gingerich, one of the Waterloo Regional Police officers who investigated Latulip's disappearance, said. "For us as investigators, this is great, this is awesome. It's satisfying because most of these cases don't turn out this way. You expect the worst when a person is missing for that period of time," Gingerich said.

"I want to talk to him and help him out any way I can. I just want to see him," his mother said.