Saturday 23 September 2017

Two sisters missing for almost 30 years found living together in the US under new identities

Anna and Kym Hakze in photos taken before their disappearance in Canada 30 years ago Photo: Lethbridge Police
Anna and Kym Hakze in photos taken before their disappearance in Canada 30 years ago Photo: Lethbridge Police
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The mysterious disappearance of two "inseparable" sisters has been solved after the pair were found alive and well in the US, three decades after being reported missing.

In 2003, the mother of Anna and Kym Hazke reported her daughters to be missing having not seen or heard from them in more than ten years.

She passed away four years ago without ever knowing what happened to her daughters.

The women, originally from Canada, have now been found living in the US with new identities and have asked for their privacy to be protected.

“Without going into a lot of details and to protect their privacy, they had just left due to some family turmoil, and had moved on and were living their own life as a result of that,” said Lethbridge Police Sgt. Scott Woods, according to The Lethbridge Herald.

During investigations into their disappearance, one of the theories was that the women may have been the victims of a serial killer in Vancouver.

In 2012 a tipster told detectives that an author with a different name was Anna Hakze.

In January 2017, detectives checked it out again after a Vancouver woman showed them a 1984 newspaper clipping with the author’s name.

“In performing new online searches of the author’s name from the old Crime Stopper tip, police located a recent news story which included a photo and the area where she was living,” a Facebook post by Lethbridge police says.

The searches yielded a document in which the author listed a sister as a next of kin.

Police subsequently confirmed that those two persons were Kym and Anna Hakze through fingerprints.

Anna is now 67 and Kym is 53.

The pair had "walked away" from their Canadian lives and want to maintain their privacy, police said.

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