A Missing Indianapolis Man Was Found 23 Years On With An Identity Stolen From A Dead Fisherman

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When Linda Iseler listened to her voicemail on that fateful day, the name spoken on the other end was the last one that she expected to hear. After all, her husband Richard had been missing without explanation for 23 years. So, decades on from his mysterious and agonizing disappearance, would this call finally bring her any closer to the truth?

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Rewind to the beginning of this couple’s story, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. In fact, it appeared as if the closest thing that Richard Hoagland had to a skeleton in his closet was that he already had an ex-wife by the time he met Linda. Still, that was something he shared with millions of others who have had their marriages break down. And this time around, at least, there looked set to be a happy ending: the pair fell in love and enjoyed a good life together in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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“He was very spontaneous,” Linda recalled in an October 2016 interview with ABC News’ 20/20. Furthermore, she added, “He was a shaker and a roller. He was always doing – making deals and doing things. He was very successful… a lot of fun to be with.”

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