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Two Lethbridge sisters missing for 30 years found alive in U.S.

Calgary Herald logo Calgary Herald 3/03/2017 Michele Jarvie, Calgary Herald
Kym, left, and Anna Hakze were last seen by family members the mid-1980s. © Lethbridge Police Service Kym, left, and Anna Hakze were last seen by family members the mid-1980s.

Two former Lethbridge sisters missing for more than 30 years have been located alive in the United States.

Anna and Kym Hakze were reported missing in 2003 by their mother who hadn’t seen or heard from her daughters in more than a decade. The last time the women were seen by family was in Edmonton in the mid-1980s. At the time eldest sister Anna was estranged from her family and struggling financially. The sisters were inseparable and the pair disappeared together and haven’t had any contact with relatives since.

Anna was 43 and Kym was 29 at the time of their disappearance. Today they are 67 and 53, respectively.

“After so many years it’s very unusual for a case like this to end with good news,” said Lethbridge Police Staff Sgt. Scott Woods, who oversees the Criminal Investigation Section. “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.”

“We hope that knowing Anna and Kym are out there provides some sense of closure for this family and we are very pleased to finally have been able to do that.”

The efforts to find the missing women spanned nearly two decades, many detectives and dead ends. Police even asked the family for DNA samples during the Robert Pickton investigation as there was some evidence they women may have been in Vancouver during that time.

In a press release, Lethbridge authorities explained that in 2012 police had received and investigated a Crime Stoppers tip that identified two women – one being the author of several books and the other with an alias known to have been used by Kym Hakze – as the possible missing sisters. Police attempted to contact the author and her publisher at the time but neither responded to multiple requests. Police also attempted to locate the other woman named, but she was not found in the location provided. 

In new online searches of the author’s name, police located a news story which included a photo and the area she was currently living. Ultimately there turned out be no records in that name but police did find records in the name of the author from a 1984 Vancouver newspaper clipping. A number of documents related to that name were obtained and one of them listed a sister as the next of kin.

Fingerprint comparison confirmed the two women are Kym and Anna Hakze.

In late February U.S. police went to the home of Kym Hakze, who no longer goes by that name, and confirmed her identity. Lethbridge Police have since spoken to Kym via telephone. She explained the sisters were unaware they had been reported missing decades earlier.

Lethbridge investigators have not yet spoken to Anna, but her sister has had contact with her and other U.S. authorities have confirmed her location.

Kym has requested her privacy and police will not share her new name, location and other details about her life.

The Hakze family said they will not comment.

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