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Real Name: Robert or James Palmer
Case: Lost Friend
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: December 1943


Details: In December of 1943, Kenneth Earl "Ken" Palmer was a newly commissioned second lieutenant in the Army Air Corp heading from Texas to Wisconsin. While changing trains in Cincinnati, he encountered a man who was his exact double in a different military uniform. The other man was equally amazed. They stared at each other in silence until Ken decided to introduce himself. They then realized that they had the same last name. They talked about their hometowns and families. However, they were unsuccessful in determining if they had any relatives in common.
When Ken began to recount an old family legend, his double claimed to know exactly what he was talking about. The legend involved two Palmer brothers who cut the queue off of a court official and had to flee England, leaving a treasure behind. His double added details to the story that Ken later verified were true. At that point, they were certain that they were related somehow.
When Ken realized that his train was about to leave, he asked his double to write down his name and address. However, when he got on the train, he realized that he had lost the note. He never saw his double again. All attempts to find him have been unsuccessful. All he remembers is that his last name was Palmer, he was a technical or staff sergeant in the Army Air Corp, his first name was either Robert or James, and he was from somewhere in the Eastern United States, possibly New Jersey. Ken still hopes to find him.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 10, 1995 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Sadly, Ken passed away in May 2006 at the age of ninety. It is unknown if he ever located his double, although several people have claimed to know him.