13 Years After A Mother And Her Kids Vanished, The FBI Discovered They’d Been Living A Secret Life

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One February day in 1995, Eileen Clark felt that she had had enough. She grabbed her three children and fled from the New Mexico home she shared with her husband, John. After a period of time on the run in North America, the four escaped to the other side of the world, where they began a new life. Then, a decade and a half later, their past finally caught up with them.

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The story began in the mid-’80s in the South-eastern U.S. state of Georgia, where the then 28-year-old Eileen Van Sant had a job as a waitress in a restaurant. She got friendly with the guy who ran the place, John, 25, and the pair soon became an item. A short time later they got engaged, and in June 1986 they tied the knot in the city of Atlanta.

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Over time, Eileen gave birth to two sons, Chandler and Hayden, as well as a daughter, Rebekah. With the arrival of her children, Eileen had decided to quit work and dedicate herself to raising them as a full-time, stay-at-home mom. And, although she suffered from a small bout of postpartum depression, she seemed to settle comfortably into her new role.

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