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Wanted Man Will Return to Ind.

April 16, 1998 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A man who claimed he developed amnesia after abandoning his home and job four years ago will return here voluntarily to face charges stemming from his past life.

Carl Brodnik Jr.’s lawyer said Wednesday the former accountant will return to Indiana in about a week to face felony charges accusing him of taking $24,000 from the advertising agency where he used to work.

He is free on $3,500 bond on a fugitive warrant.

Lawyer Richard Mulligan says Brodnik, 48, still can’t remember how he came to Wyoming, where he has lived as Pat Brown since July 1994.

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``He remembers nothing about it. So how can he help his lawyer?″ Mulligan said. ``This is an interesting case. It’s not a simple case. There are a lot of issues to address.″

Brodnik was last seen in Indianapolis as he left for work July 8, 1994. Police records show he withdrew $1,000 from his bank account that day and disappeared with his credit cards and large amount of cash taken out as a second mortgage on his house.

He has told authorities a transient found him in a ditch near Cheyenne, Wyo., five days later. Brodnik could not remember who he was. He adopted the name Pat Brown, joined a church and got a job at a newspaper company in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The charges surfaced when a cousin saw his story related last week on the television show ``Unsolved Mysteries.″