Today Show: After 11 Years Missing, Brenda Heist Comes Out Of Hiding

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Today Show: Brenda Heist Turns Herself In

After missing for nearly 11 years and being declared legally dead, Brenda Heist re-emerged down in Florida. In 2002, Brenda dropped her kids off at school, and then vanished without a trace. Her husband was at one point a suspect, her kids have graduated from high school and college—a lot has happened in her absence.

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Today Show: After 11 Years Missing, Brenda Heist Comes Out Of Hiding

After being missing for 11 years and being declared dead, Brenda Heist turned herself in.

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So why did Brenda Heist vanish? Her finances were in shambles, her marriage was falling apart, her future looked bleak, and she cracked under the pressure. Thinking that her family would be better off without her, she decided to cut and run. The 54-year-old woman is now a shadow of her former self, and is now in a Florida jail on outstanding warrants.

Today Show: Brenda Heist Hitchhiked From Pennsylvania To Florida

How did Brenda Heist do it? Taking nothing but $20 in an empty purse with her, she started by hitchhiking down south, and lived as a homeless person on the beach. She created a completely new life in Florida. She forged new relationships and worked odd jobs, all under the new identities that she created.

Today Show: Brenda Heist Has Mental Ailments

Brenda Heist wants forgiveness from her family, but she will have a very hard time forgiving herself. Her kids don’t want to hear how she missed them or some kind of sob story. They just want the truth. As for her husband, he has moved on and just hopes that she can recover from what ails her.

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Dr. Phil, who had an interview with her on his show, says that she had to have been suffering from serious mental ailments to be able to look at what she did as a viable option at any time during her planning phase. When she finally hit rock bottom down in Florida, she surrendered all hope and just turned herself in.

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