The real Terry Symansky drowned in Florida in 1991 at age 33. He was from Cleveland, moved to Florida and became a commercial fisherman, The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2016.
“Bizarre,” Tom Markle, an attorney who represents Iseler -- known in 1993 as Linda Hoagland -- told the Journal Gazette.
Hoagland’s secret double life was unraveled thanks to Ancestry.com, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told the Times in 2016.
A nephew of the real Symansky, working on a genealogy project, was shocked to see a Florida marriage license issued in his uncle’s name four years after his death. His uncle had never been married.
Authorities were contacted in April 2016 and Hoagland was arrested three months later.
After Mary Hoagland found out about her husband’s real identity, she told Nocco that she found his real identification documents in a briefcase in the attic, the Times reported. She also found a deed to property in Louisiana her husband bought in 2015, and a key to a storage unit.
Richard Hoagland is living in Indianapolis and was recently released from jail in Citrus County, Florida, Markle said.
Hoagland's attorney, Paula J. Schaefer, of Indianapolis, has not commented on the case, the Journal Gazette reported.
A hearing is scheduled for July 19.