The identity of an injured man at Lee Health has been confirmed as that of a person whose family has been searching for him for more than a week.
Steven Adolphius Edwards, 41, was taken to Gulf Coast Hospital Medical Center in Fort Myers on July 22, admitted with a head injury, had no identification and was not alert, according to a hospital press release.
Tuesday afternoon Missy Freeland, a family friend, said Edwards had been positively identified.
We’ve looked everywhere for him, but with no luck,” Freeland said. “And now his mother can get the answers she needs.”
Pat Dolce, communications project manager at Lee Health, confirmed Edwards’ positive identification and said the family would be reunited with him soon.
Previously, on a Facebook post responding to a Tuesday morning news release about the man, Freeland also identified him as Edwards: “That sure is Stevie…we’ve been looking for him for over a week…We’re called the hospital to let them know and called his mom several times but it goes to voicemail. We filed a missing person report last week…”
Facebook comments about Edwards also said his sister, Amanda Leigh Edwards, had recently been murdered. She was the victim of a fatal shooting on July 11 in Alva.
Amanda Edwards was in a car in Alva’s driveway and got caught in the crossfire between two men when she was fatally shot.
Freeland, who said Edwards works for her fiancé, said his sister’s death “has been very hard on him”.
Relatives said they had not seen or spoken to Edwards since July 21.
The Lee Health release described the man as being in his 40s, 130 pounds and 1.75 meters tall with several tattoos. It was the tattoos that made his identification difficult.
“We gave[the Lee County Sheriff’s Office]all the information they needed to identify him,” Freeland said. “Includes his Facebook page, which can be clearly seen on his cover photo, photos of his tattoos.”
Dolce said in the release, “He was found unconscious on the side of a road in Lehigh Acres.”
Dolce said attempts by law enforcement to identify the man from his fingerprints were unsuccessful.
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Injured man at Gulf Coast Hospital identified after photo published