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Brenda Heist, missing mom, who was found in Fla. gets jail

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 12 2013 09:55:43 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 05:11:36 PM CDT

A mother who disappeared from her Lancaster County home in 2002 and was later declared legally dead before resurfacing in Florida has been sent to jail on a probation violation.

PENSACOLA, Fla. -

A mother who disappeared from her Lancaster County home in 2002 and was later declared legally dead before resurfacing in Florida has been sent to jail on a probation violation.

Brenda Heist, who's known in the Santa Rosa County court system as Kelsie Smith, was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail.

She pleaded no contest to failing to check in with authorities in the Tampa area after leaving the Pensacola area following her April release from jail. She'd been on probation for using someone else's identification during a traffic stop.

Heist left behind a husband and two children when she disappeared from her home outside Lititz in February 2002. She turned herself in to deputies in Monroe County, Fla., in April and revealed she was a missing person.