Identify theft as man declared dead for 25 years alive with new family

- 7/25/2016
Dead and alive.
At first it was a case of missing persons, and then it was a case of presumed dead.
Identity theft of man declared dead and caught with new family

A man who had been presumed  missing for 25 years and later declared dead in Indiana has been discovered alive and well.

He is living with a new family in Pasco County, Florida.

Ordinary life. Terry Jude Symansky 63, appeared to lead an ordinary life in Florida. He had a wife and a teenage son, owned property, and "worked odd jobs,"

But the disturbing truth, police say, was that Terry Jude Symansky was not really Terry Jude Symansky.

He was actually Richard Hoagland who disappeared 25 years ago.

He started a new life, but he had to destroy the old life first.

Before he began the process of assuming a new identity, Hoagland left his old life; a wife and four children in Indiana.

The internet found him. The scam was discovered when a nephew of the real Terry Symansky — who drowned in 1991 at age 33 — started an family search.

The identity theft was discovered by the shocked nephew. Knowing that his uncle was dead, the nephew was surprised to find someone else with the same name living in central Florida.

"He looks up his real uncle Terry Symansky and realizes that he died in 1991, which the family knew," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

"He then starts scrolling down the page and sees more details that Terry Symanksy was remarried in 1995. He owns property in Pasco County, Florida."

Fear for their safety. The family lived in uncertain fear that their fake relative might try to harm them.

They finally took a step. Family members waited three years before eventually contacting authorities in April.

Hoagland, now 63, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with fraudulent use of personal identification.

Still a puzzle. How and why exactly Hoagland came to assume the identity of Terry Symansky still remains a complicated mystery.

He used to own three insurance businesses in his former life.

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