Pensacola, Florida (PNJ) -- A Pennsylvania woman presumed dead after disappearing in 2002 - only
to re-emerge in the Florida Keys in late April - is in the Santa Rosa
County Jail for failing to check in with a probation officer.
Brenda Heist, 53, is being held without bond under the alias "Kelsie Smith."
allege that she violated her probation, which she was put on for
stealing an ID from Milton resident Heike Farmer, whose house she
cleaned, and using it during a traffic stop.
Farmer reported the situation in September when she got a notice to pay an outstanding citation, according to an arrest report.
truth about Heist's identity came to light on April 26, when she went
to Monroe County sheriff's deputies in Key Largo and informed them she
was a missing person. She was subsequently interviewed by detectives,
but later released.
who was arrested Feb. 15 under her alias, pleaded to forgery of a
written instrument and giving false information to a law enforcement
officer on April 16. Circuit Judge David Rimmer sentenced her to three
years probation and Heist was released.
Heist then took a bus to the Tampa area but failed to check in with the probation office, court records show.
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A probation-violation report and warrant was issued May 2, and Heist turned herself in to Alachua County authorities on May 3.
She was brought to the Santa Rosa County Jail on Tuesday. Rimmer will arraign her on June 6.
report says probation officer Vicki Nolan believes Heist "had no real
intentions to complete her terms and conditions of supervision."
would be this officer's opinion that the offender was hoping to
complete this case and be released from jail before her real identity
was discovered," Nolan says in the report.
was reported missing in Lititz, Pa., in 2002, when she left town after
dropping her kids off at school. At the time, she was going through a
divorce, and she was declared dead in 2010.
case attracted a large amount of national attention, as the bizarre
details of her disappearance and subsequent reappearance were revealed
to Heist's family, friends and the public.
It is unclear exactly how long Heist lived in Escambia and Santa Rosa
counties, but those who knew her said she cleaned houses for local
residents. She lived in the Perdido area, as well as in Gulf Breeze.
who knew her said she went by "Lovie," and that she never brought up
anything about her time in Pennsylvania or her children. Court records
show that Heist claimed her parents were deceased and that she was a
about Heist's past came up during any of her encounters with law
enforcement, Santa Rosa County sheriff's spokesman Rich Aloy said.
has no criminal record or reason to be fingerprinted prior to her
disappearance," Aloy said. "When we ran her prints, nothing came back on
who she really was."
Attorney Bill Eddins said his office is looking into Heist's past, and
will continue to investigate before her arraignment and hearing.
currently gathering all the information that we can about this lady
before we determine our position on the violation of probation," Eddins