Swedish woman Ewa Espling wrote her Facebook page that Boatwright had been her "childhood sweetheart," according to the Sun. Swedish reports said that he had learned to speak "decent" Swedish and played on a Medieval jousting team.
According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Espling said Boatwright had, "the most kind eyes [she] had ever seen." But she said he had been haunted by nightmares of the Vietnam War, where he had served.
Boatwright lived on a boat called "Honey Bea" off Rhode Island in 1984, according to the postmarks of letters he sent to Espling. He also spent time in Houston, Mexico and Newport, reports the Sun. He left Sweden for good in 2003.
Today, hospital officials say Boatwright is "doing well" and knows about the possibility of seeing his sister.
"He has expressed that some days he is a little bored and depressed," Ramhoff said. "As far as trying to stay active, he works out at the rehab gym when he can. He certainly is in good physical health. He is handling his problems well and in the last two days he has expressed to me that he has been overwhelmed, but grateful that leads have come in.
"Obviously, he's not at a level where he needs physical medical care anymore," he said.
The hospital is trying to find a home in the community where Boatwright could live.
"We are continuing to work with Social Security and with the Veterans Administration because he definitely has a record," he said. "Ultimately, we hope to have a satisfactory resolution. But we still have to find a satisfactory way to get him out of the hospital."
Ramhoff said he had tried to call Brewer last night, but had been unable to reach her. "She has probably been flooded with calls," he said.