Officials seek custody of man with dementia found in Britain

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Posted: Feb 02, 2017 3:23 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County officials have filed documents seeking to become the guardian of a California man with dementia who was found disoriented and alone at a British bus station two years ago and became the subject of a TV documentary, according to a newspaper report.

Earl Roger Curry, 76, was returned to the U.S. last year by British authorities after the BBC aired the show examining how he was found so far from home.

He is now in a Los Angeles-area nursing home, with county officials seeking conservancy of him, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (http://lat.ms/2klVdbU ).

"No one in his family is prepared to accept responsibility for him," said the document filed by the Los Angeles County public guardian.

The BBC documentary alleged that Curry's family simply left him in England, though no charges have been filed against them. Curry's son has denied the allegation, which was also noted in the county documents.

Curry's family members could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Curry spent months at a nursing home in central England as British police investigated his origins with help from Interpol. All he could recall was his name was "Roger Curry," according to the documentary.

With few clues, investigators made an international public appeal last March for help identifying the man, and internet detectives around the world took up the challenge.

One woman came forward to say she had gone to high school with Curry.

Authorities eventually figured out that Curry lived in the Los Angeles County city of Whittier, where some neighbors told the BBC that he often roamed the neighborhood in a disoriented state.

The LA County public guardian said it was examining the circumstances of how Curry came to be on his own in Britain.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/