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Missing Man Wanted On Felony Warrants

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Carl Brodnik Jr. - or Pat Brown, depending on where you live - should have been on "America's Most Wanted" instead of "Unsolved Mysteries." Marion County Sheriff's Department investigators said Monday the former Indianapolis man, who turned up more than 1,500 miles away in Jackson, Wyo., with an alleged case of amnesia and a new name, is wanted on six felony warrants for misappropriating funds at the advertising agency where he used to work. "Maybe he does have amnesia, but I'm not that naive. It's just too coincidental," said sheriff's detective Donald Lee, who investigated Brodnik's disappearance four years ago. Brodnik, who contacted "Unsolved Mysteries" last year to tell his story of a missing past, was reunited with his ex-wife by phone this weekend after relatives in Indiana saw the episode that aired Friday night. Friends say Brodnik wasn't ready for a face-to-face meeting with Pat Brodnik, who divorced him in 1995, and their two sons so soon after learning of his previous life. But he may not have much choice now. Marion County authorities on Monday were working to extradite him back to Indiana to face six Class D felony charges for misappropriating funds, and Brodnik turned himself into police Monday afternoon. Brodnik did not return phone calls from The Associated Press left with friends and at the newspaper where he works, and he declined to be interviewed after he was taken into custody. He told the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Guide, where he's worked in the pressroom for the past 3 1/2 years, that he doesn't remember why he disappeared and neither does his family. "They said I was under a lot of pressure at work, but they didn't know why," said Brodnik, who was a certified public accountant in Indiana. Brodnik was last seen in Indianapolis July 8, 1994, leaving for work. Police records show he withdrew $1,000 from his bank account that day and disappeared with his credit cards and a large amount of cash taken out as a second mortgage on his house. Authorities tracked Brodnik's car as far as a St. Louis strip mall, and a private investigator hired by his family got as far as Denver, where credit card receipts show he stopped to buy clothes. But that was as close as they came until Friday night. Pat Brown was born five days after Brodnik's disappearance. Brodnik says a transient spotted him bruised and shaking uncontrollably in a ditch near Cheyenne, Wyo., about 1,100 miles from Indianapolis. Brodnik, who says he was mumbling the names of his wife and two sons when he was found, made it to a Cheyenne shelter. There, with no recollection of who he was, no identification and only 23 cents, he says he told shelter workers his first name was Pat. He took Brown from the color of the desk in the shelter. He then headed to Jackson, Wyo., about 400 miles from Cheyenne, where he heard he could find work as a day laborer without identification and an all-important Social Security number. Eventually, he wound up working at the Guide in the pressroom with a bogus Social Security number. He moved his way up the ranks to circulation manager, a job he was to start Monday. Along the way, the Social Security Administration told his employer that the Social Security number Brown was using didn't match up. But with the help of a Jackson attorney and Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., he obtained a new Social Security card in February. Then came the "Unsolved Mysteries" episode and Brodnik's first conversation with his ex-wife in close to four years. News of the joyous reunion also made its way back to the Marion County Sheriff's Department. "It doesn't appear like you think it is," said Lee, the sheriff's detective. "There's a little more to it."

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