Terry Jude Symansky was a Florida man who drowned in 1991 at age 33. However, his nephew recently was working on a family genealogy project and found his uncle’s information on Ancestry.com. Knowing the uncle died in 1991, the nephew was shocked to find a later marriage license associated with his name. After some investigation, police found that the new Terry Jude Symansky is actually Richard Hoagland, a man who disappeared from Indiana about 25 years ago and was declared dead in 2003.
The man living under the assumed name apparently committed no crime, other than fraudulent use of personal identification. Unlike many identity thieves, he did not use the new identity to steal money or for any other financial gain. Instead, he lived a quiet life, married a local woman, and had a son by her. That son is now a teenager.
Hoagland, 63, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of fraudulent use of personal identification.
The details and a number of pictures may be found in an article by Hannah Alani in the Tampa Bay Times at http://goo.gl/zbT4cY.