Monday, 6 May 2013

Brenda Heist, mom who came back from the dead, is in jail

Brenda Heist, mom who came back from the dead, is in jail, Brenda Heist, the 54-year-old Pennsylvania mom who disappeared 11 years ago, has returned from the dead, so to speak, only to land in a Florida jail. According to a May 5 article in the New York Daily News, she was booked under her alias Kelsie Lyanne Smith, on a probation violation from previous charges of ID theft and providing a false name to law enforcement.

Heist disappeared in 2002 after dropping her kids off at school. She went to a park to cry about being turned down for housing assistance during an amicable divorce, and while there she met some transients. The story is that she was convinced to hitchhike to Florida to begin a new life.

The lure of the surf and sun eventually turned to a life on the streets and eating out of the garbage bins. Meanwhile, her family and law enforcement spent years looking for her, and she was declared dead in 2009. Her husband, who had been cleared of initial suspicions by a lie detector test, collected her life insurance and remarried.

Her children do not sound very eager to reconnect with their missing mother, and the daughter, now 19, sounds quite bitter and angry. She was a little 8-year-old girl when her mother disappeared. Her brother, now 23, was 12 years old at the time. She told them that they needed to walk home because she would be at the grocery store after school. They never saw her again.

It kind of reminds you of the fairytale, “Hansel and Gretel.”

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