Tragic End For Missing Mom Once Seen Wandering Through Niskayuna
This past June, Niskayuna police were baffled when they were flagged down by a confused, disoriented woman who didn't know her name, or how she got to New York. The Capital Region, as it would turn out, was just one of the many stops in the bizarre and tragic journey of Amanda Hanover, a 39-year-old mother from Michigan.
According to the New York Post, the remains of Amanda Hanover, 39, of Kalamazoo County, were discovered Saturday in the waters of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Her cause of death was unclear, police said.
Her strange journey started last March, when according to reports, the mother of 2 children disappeared from her home in Arizona. Hanover, who may have been suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress, is believed to have ventured across the country, and perhaps even through Canada before being spotted last June in Niskyauna.
Niskyauna police were baffled as to how she ended up here in the Capital Region stating that “She couldn’t remember her name, and the officers believed her,” according to the NY Post.
Hanover, according to the story, she was found carrying two Amtrak train tickets, including one with the name of an unidentified man. Local police also recovered Post-it notes with three phone numbers on it, including one that belonged to her uncle. The uncle, believed to have lived about an hour away from where she was spotted in Niskayuna, was able to help investigators identify her, according to the station.
The Times Union back in June, chronicled that she was was seen 'wearing blue jeans that were wet up to the knees, a tank top and a flannel shirt that was several sizes too big for her' , according to Deputy Chief Michael Stevens.
According to the Times Union, Hanover's uncle was allegedly going to pick her up at the Rensselaer Train Station, but a fire nearby backed up traffic and he was unable to get to the train station on time. By the time he got there, Hanover was gone.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Hanover was an accountant, who was seeking a divorce from her husband, and had left her son, then 11, and a daughter, who was 4, without any notice.
That same report details that according to relatives, she was last seen on March 18th in Michigan and her abandoned car was discovered on March 20th. Her body was ultimately found last Saturday night in the icy waters of Lake Michigan, some 200 miles from where she was last seen.