Linda Iseler’s entire life changed in a moment. And when she finally went to the detectives, she sensed that she had something to do with her husband Richard Hoagland’s sudden disappearance. But Linda had loved him and never wanted to leave him. She needed the detectives help to find the man she had promised her life to.
When Hoagland suddenly disappeared on February 10, 1993, he left behind Linda, their 9-year-old Matthew and 6-year-old Douglas. And a heap of debt…
Although it seemed clear enough, Linda felt the detectives were shaking her down as a suspect. Because they thought they had been set up or that he had been murdered…
Linda opened up to Indystar about her experience: “They kept implying that I was guilty, that I was involved in his disappearance.”
But Linda knew nothing – and she wasn’t lying. By the time the interrogation was over, one detective accused Linda of hatching a plot to kidnap her own children and flee town to secretly meet up with her “missing” husband.
The truth was much simpler. Richard Hoagland had fled town right before police started investigating him for a theft case.
The crooked man instead abandoned everything and left his family is a terrible financial situation. He then maxed out their credit cards and forged a bank loan under her name before leaving forever. Instead of taking responsibility, he let his wife get suspected of a capital crime and have to struggle to get by.
For twenty years, no one knew where Richard Hoagland was or if he was even alive. But this week, he was found!
Hoagland had relocate to Florida, law enforcement finally discovered. He started a new family, bought a house, registered vehicles, earned his pilot’s license – all while using a DEAD MAN’ name…
His son, Matthew Hoagland, 33, wonders: “How can somebody be such a terrible human being?”
Because her husband left her, Linda officially divorced Hoagland in 1993 and has since remarried. But she has carried bitterness and heartache for decades because of the condition the man had left his former family in.
Apparently, Hoagland was able to steal a man’s identity when he miraculously found a death certificate in a room he was renting. He used it to become Terry Symansky.
Although Symansky officially died in 1991, he was “reborn” as a criminal who had abandoned his loved ones when they needed him most.
The truth was exposed when the real Symansky’s nephew logged onto Ancestry.com to find that his dead uncle had gotten married and earned his pilot’s license decades after he had perished.
Hoagland was arrested and booked – under his real name. He has been put in jail with only a $25,000 bond despite his obvious flight risk.
Because Hoagland has ruined yet another family, 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 said.
Because the crook abandoned his family for decades, Linda Isler’s attorney, Tom Markle, plans to ask the judge to demand nearly $2 million in unpaid child support over the decades.
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