Linda Iseler contacted the police about her husband Richard Hoagland’s sudden disappearance in good faith. She had loved him and did plan to leave him ever. She simply expected the police to help her find her husband.
However, it did not turn out that way. It seems that when Hoagland disappeared on February 10, 1993, he left behind Linda, a 9-year-old son named Matthew and a 6-year-old son Douglas. He also left a lot of debts after his disappearance.
After a couple of hours, Linda was sure the detectives felt she was a suspect.
Linda explained in an interview with a local Indiana TV station: “They kept implying that I was guilty, that I was involved in his disappearance.” As her interrogation continued, one detective said was Linda hatching a plot to kidnap her own children and leave town so she could meet up with her “missing” husband.
However, the cops were wrong. Richard Hoagland had just run away as police started investigating him in relation to a theft case. The dishonest husband spent the limit on their credit cards, forged a bank loan under her name and then split town leaving her holding the bag.
Linda divorced Hoagland back in 1993 and has since remarried. But she admits she has lived with bitterness and heartache for all these years.
No one knew where Richard Hoagland was or if he was alive for more than two decades, but he was finally found earlier this year.
It turned out Hoagland had moved to Florida. He even started a new family, purchased a home, registered vehicles, earned a pilot’s license using the identity of a dead man.
It seems Hoagland was able to steal a man’s identity when he miraculously found a death certificate in a room he was renting, and he became Terry Symansky.
Symansky died in 1991, and Hoagland was exposed when Symansky’s nephew was doing research on Ancestry.com and discovered his dead uncle had gotten married and become a pilot years after his death.
Hoagland’s first wife Linda has extended her condolences to his new wife and his 19-year-old son.
“We know what they are going through. We do express our sympathy and empathy to them. I’m sorry,” Linda commented.
Given that abandoned his family for decades, Linda’s attorney is petitioning the judge in the case to require Hoagland to pay her close to $2 million in unpaid child support.