Story at a glance:

  • Daniela Adamcova has been identified as the woman found on the island of Krk.
  • Adamcova was formerly a successful jewelry designer in the U.S., selling pieces to stars.
  • She couldn’t remember who she was but was identified by friends who saw her photograph.

Daniela (or Dana) Adamcova, 57, was rescued from a Croatian island with no memory of who she was and without an ID or phone. She is a Slovakian-born former jewelry designer who made a name for herself in America. 

Some of her pieces were sold and customized for celebrities such as Diana Ross, Brigitte Bardot and Barbra Streisand, The Guardian reported.

Some of her pieces were seen on the hit TV sitcom "Friends."


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She was identified by friends from Croatia and Slovakia who saw a released photograph of the scratched-up Adamcova.

Czech tourists also remembered seeing her on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast — apparently, she was on vacation alone.

According to The Daily Beast, the former jeweler secured a job at an artisan company through a nonprofit that helps those experiencing homelessness.

Croatian police confirmed her identity and age as 57 on Wednesday.

She was found dehydrated on a jagged outcrop of rock on Krk, a remote area inhabited by bears and wild boars, by a fisher. Authorities say she spent a night on that remote island.

Adamcova has a history of traveling: She left her home country in 1984 to study design in the U.S., where she met a film producer who would eventually be her husband. The couple, however, divorced in 2000, with Adamcova returning to Slovakia until 2008. 

While it is not clear when she returned to the U.S., she stayed there until 2015.

Between 2015 and 2018 she was reportedly living in Ireland.


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Published on Sep 24, 2021