Real Name: Unknown
Case: Lost Rescuer
Location: Immokalee, Florida
Date: August 27, 1995
Details: On August 27, 1995, Steve and Cheron Newton's first daughter, Virginia, was born at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida. Steve had come straight to the hospital from work the night before, and at 2pm he was riding home on his motorcycle to get the family car on the highway near Immokalee. Over the previous week, there had been several thunderstorms, but by that day they had cleared. However, there still were several dangerous patches of water along the road. Steve hit one of them, was thrown from his bike several feet from the road. He landed, faced down, in a drainage ditch, and was knocked unconscious. He would have died had it not been for an unknown woman who arrived, pulled him from the ditch, and saved him from drowning.
The next thing Steve remembered was the woman looking at him and asking if he was alright. She brought him to her car, sat him down, and waited until the paramedics arrived. One of the paramedics noted that Steve was hyperventilating and disoriented. The woman explained to the paramedic what had happened. The paramedics then took Steve away. The woman gave the police a statement and then left without leaving her name.
Twenty minutes later, Steve was taken to the same hospital that Virginia had been born at hours earlier. Steve feared that he was going to die that day, and told doctors to tell his wife that he was sorry. However, Steve was saved, thanks to the woman and the doctors that treated him. A year later, he is on disability and suffers from occasional seizures, but without the mysterious stranger, he would not be alive today. He and Cheron want to find the woman and thank her for saving his life.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 15, 1996 episode.
Results: Solved. On the night of the broadcast, a woman recognized the story as one told by a coworker of hers, Immokalee resident Tammy Dotson. She then called the phone center on December 19, 1996. Coincidentally, Steve's father-in-law and her boyfriend are both employed at the Hendry Correctional Institute. They connected and passed her information to him, who immediately called her. Tammy was overjoyed to learn that Steve had done so much try and find her to thank her.
On January 31, 1997, they were reunited and Steve brought Virginia with him. Later that day, Steve and Tammy went back to the accident scene to go through what they remembered that day. Now, he and Cheron have another daughter, who would have never been born if it hadn't been for Tammy saving his life.
Shockingly, in 1999, Steve Newton was arrested and charged with a sexual offence to a child under 16. He is now a registered sex offender.