Two sisters last seen decades ago in Canada have been found alive, police said.
Anna Hakze, 67, and her sister Kym Hakze, 53, are now living in the US, more than 30 years after they were last seen by their mother in Edmonton, Canada.
Their mother reported them missing in 2003, more than a decade after she lost contact with them.
Anna and Kym Hakze (pictured) were last seen more than 30 years ago. They have been located alive and living in the US. Police say the Hakze sisters were last seen by family in Edmonton, Canada, in the mid-1980s
‘After so many years, it’s very unusual for a case like this to end with good news,’ said Staff Sergeant Scott Woods of the Lethbridge Police Service
Kym Hakze, who goes by a different name now, told police that she and her sister did not know they were subjects of a missing persons case, police said.
Lethbridge police have not yet talked to Anna Hakze, but US authorities have confirmed where she lives, the Toronto Star reports.
‘After so many years, it’s very unusual for a case like this to end with good news,’ said Staff Sergeant Scott Woods of the Lethbridge Police Service at a Thursday news conference.
‘Usually we find ourselves telling a family their loved one has met with some sort of tragedy or, more often than not in a case of this age, never being able to provide any answers’, Woods added.
The investigation, spanning decades and many dead ends, was kept open by police in the hope of providing closure to the women’s family.
At one point, police thought they might have been among the victims of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, who killed several women and buried them on his farm, but there was no DNA match.
Then, a police detective located the two women after finding a book written by one of them under an alias included in a Vancouver police report.
The duo used numerous aliases after leaving Lethbridge and making their way to the US.
The last time their family saw them was in the mid-1980s. It’s unclear how old they were at the time.
At the time of their disappearance, Anna Hakze was estranged from her family and struggling financially, but she and her younger sister were inseparable, police said.
Police don’t know if Anna and Kym Hakze were from Lethbridge, Canada, (above) originally
Their mother reported them missing in 2003, more than a decade after she last had contact with them. She died four years ago.
‘They had just left due to some family turmoil and had moved on, and were living their own life,’ Woods said.
Neither woman contacted their relatives after they left Lethbridge.
Police aren’t releasing any more information about the sisters to protect their privacy.
Ken Hakze, 57, the women’s brother, was notified last week that police had found his sisters.
‘My brother Gill called me last week when he was told. He was so shocked. He was really without words at first. We were always hoping they were alive,’ Hakze told the Calgary Sun.
He said Anna Hakze, who may have been in her 30s, did not get along with their mother but was close to their father.
When their father died in 1981 she and Kym Hakze disappeared.
Ken Hakze said he is thrilled to learn his sisters are alive and hopes it gives them a second chance.
‘No, it’s not a sense of closure. There’s a longing there to see them. I’m very sad we lost all these years for some reason I’m not quite sure of yet,’ said Hakze.
‘I have a real desire to see them and communicate with them, very badly. My heart goes out to have that opportunity if they would soften their hearts to that.’