Having a life of desires, the man left the place and married a new wife. People thought that he died until the truth was revealed.
In 1993, Richard Hoagland seemed to be living a full life. He has a young wife and two sons - Matthew and Douglas. His business at an insurance company is also quite good to pay for a 5-bedroom house outside the city of Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). His family also owns a motorboat in a nearby lake and a closet full of designer clothes.
Hoagland's family is still happy.
On February 10, 1993, Hoagland told his wife that he was going to the hospital. When the wife called the emergency room, she found out that her husband was not there. She did not find her husband anywhere else. His passport and toothbrush are still at home.
"He did not pack his clothes. At that time, it was very cold. He did not bring a jacket," said Linda Iseler, Hoagland's wife, in 2016.
Hoagland's car was found at Indianapolis airport. "No Richard was on any flight leaving Indianapolis that day," Iseler told ABC.
During the summer of that year after his disappearance, Hoagland emailed his son's birthday cards.
Then everything fell silent. "He left us without saying anything. My heart was broken."
More than 20 years later, the entire Hoagland family lived without knowing the cause behind his disappearance. Iseler remarried. The government declared Hoagland dead in 2003.
In 2016, a phone call from Florida police informed his family that he was alive and now living under the identity of a dead person.
Upon investigation, police discovered that after disappearing in 1993, Hoagland went to Florida and rented the apartment of an elderly man, Edward Symansky.
Two years earlier - in 1991, his son Terry was killed in a marine accident. Hoagland often sat down to hear Mr. Symansky talk about his son's sadness.
Hoagland then sought to steal Terry's death certificate and other personal documents to continue living under the identity of this unfortunate man.
Using the information on the death certificate, he applied for a birth certificate, then submitted the birth certificate to the driver's license test. When he had a driver's license, Hoagland began to make a new life under the name of Terry Symansky .
Terry (right) - Hoagland's identity was stolen for 20 years.
He married a woman named Mary in 1995. They had a son together, then bought a house on the coast of Florida. Terry (fake) also bought more real estate and leased. He even received a plane license.
The identity forgery began to surface when a grandson of Terry (real) searched a genealogy on Ancestry.com years later.
In 2013, the nephew discovered the record of a person named Terry Symansky who is still alive. Knowing that Terry (the real) has passed away, this person and his family are worried that there has been an impostor of Terry. However, the family waited 3 years to contact the authorities.
After a detective came to Hoagland and presented evidence, he admitted his conspiracy.
The new wife knows nothing of Hoagland's past. While he shared with Florida coroners that he fled Indiana to escape his ex-wife.
In February 2017, Hoagland pleaded guilty to identity theft and spent nearly two years in prison before returning to Indiana.
After that, Iseler - his ex-wife sued him for court to avoid responsibility for raising children. Hamilton County judge decided Hoagland owed his ex-wife and sons $ 1.86 million.
"I'm glad he is finally responsible for his behavior," says Iseler.
Hoagland in court.
However, it is not clear whether Iseler will receive any money or not. Hoagland's assets were later entangled in his divorce from his new wife in Florida.