Mystery of hospitalized homeless man known as 'Kenny Kenny' finally solved
SEATTLE - The mystery over who is Kenny Kenny, the hospitalized homeless man in Seattle, has finally been solved.
For decades, he has was a fixture roaming the neighborhood surrounding University Avenue near the University of Washington campus.
But in January, the man with two first names, was discovered with a severe case of frostbite. Doctors had to amputate his feet and all his finger tips except his thumbs.
The King County Sheriff’s office took thumbprints but it lead to a dead end.
He's been hospitalized ever since.
Copeland told KOMO News that without a name, social security number or birth date, he could not apply for medicare or receive the long-term care he needs.
In April, with help from a genetic scientist, "Kenny Kenny" submitted a DNA test to try and solve the mystery.
This week, Copeland said they finally had a break through.
She said although she can't legally release his real name to the public, they've learned he's 67, was born in Renton and is a military veteran.
They were also able to track down his sister - who had apparently been searching for him since the 1980s.
Copeland also said he and his sister have since reunited in person at the hospital.