Hannah Emily Upp missing from Md. reportedly suffers from amnesia

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KENSINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- For the second time in five years, a 28-year-old teacher with a rare form of amnesia has gone missing under bizarre circumstances, this time in the Washington area.

Hannah Emily Upp made headlines for three weeks in 2008 after going missing in New York City. 

She was found floating face-down in the Hudson River and was rescued by a Staten Island ferry crew on September 16 of that year. 

According to the New York Times, Upp claimed to be suffering from dissociative fugue, a rare form of amnesia, dramatized in the the movie 'Bourne Identity,' which causes victims to temporarily forget who they are.

Upp is missing in Montgomery County, where she recently started a job as an assistant teacher at a Wheaton Montessori school.

Montgomery County police are well aware of Upp's history.

According to a police press release, Upp was last seen wearing a black shirt and brown pants around 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday near Kemp Mill Road and Glenallan Avenue.

Some of Upp's belongings were located on a footpath near the Wheaton Plaza. The locations are more than three miles apart.

Upp started a job as a teaching assistant at the Crossway Montessori Community at 3015 Upton Drive just days before she went missing, according to school officials. She was a resident at the school complex.

In 2008, Upp disappeared just a day before she was supposed to start the school year as an elementary Spanish teacher in a New York City public school.

Upp, a graduate of the Bryn Mawr College outside Philadelphia and Pace University in New York, has traveled widely in the past year, according to her Facebook page.

She posted from locations as far away as India.

Police describe her as a white female, around 5'7" tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 240-773-5530.

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