A man heartbroken after his wife's suicide made a shocking discovery about her true identity.
Blake Ruff married Lori Kennedy in 2004. In 2008, the couple gave birth to a baby girl. The couple seemed normal to those around them, but some of Blake's family members had a feeling that something wasn't right about Lori.
According to the New York Daily News, Blake's family was suspicious of Lori's tendency to avoid revealing details about her past. She told members of his family that her parents had passed away and that she had no living relatives, but remained secretive about most other aspects of her life.
The Ruffs never fully accepted Lori because of the way she behaved, but it wasn't until she started refusing to let Blake's parents see their granddaughter that they had a real problem. As the Independent Journal Review reports, the couple's marriage became strained due to the tension between Lori and Blake's parents.
The couple tried marriage counseling, but it didn't help, and after more and more disagreements, they finally decided to call it quits. Blake and Lori filed for divorce in 2010 and Blake moved back in with his parents.
After the couple separated, however, Lori became even more unstable. She allegedly sent threatening emails to Blake and members of his family and prevented Blake from seeing his daughter. At one point, according to the New York Daily News, she even tried to break into Blake's parents' home.
On Christmas Eve 2010, Lori was found dead in a car outside of Blake's family's home. She had shot herself in the head.
The Ruff family was shocked by Lori's suicide and Blake was devastated.
Lori left behind two suicide notes, which were referred to by authorities at the time as "ramblings from a clearly disturbed person."
Soon after her death, Blake learned that Lori was not the woman he thought she was, or who she claimed to be.
Blake made the shocking discovery while sorting through his estranged wife's effects. He found a sealed lunch box in the back of her closet. Inside the lunch box were several IDs, all with different names, and a birth certificate with somebody else's name. Also inside were the two suicide notes.
After years of trying to piece together who Lori really was, Social Security investigator Joe Velling and genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick found that Lori's real name was in fact Kimberly McLean. Investigators used a DNA sample from Blake and Lori's daughter to discover Lori's true identity.
The DNA sample traced Kimberly back to a Pennsylvania family whose 17-year-old daughter disappeared in 1986. The Pennsylvania family confirmed that Ruff was their daughter. They say Kimberly vanished shortly after her mother remarried. Authorities speculate that she did not get along with her stepfather.
The New York Daily News reports that in 1988, Kimberly assumed the identity of Becky Sue Turner, a 2-year-old girl who had died in a house fire. She used the name for several months before moving to Idaho and legally changing her name to Lori Erica Kennedy.
Eventually, she moved to the Dallas area, where she met Blake.
Lori Ruff was known to authorities as Jane Doe up until her real identity was revealed. Authorities knew her as a mysterious woman who moved from state to state, assuming the identities of other people. Following the shocking discovery, Kimberly McLean's name was finally removed from the government's database of missing persons.