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DUSSELDORF, Germany -

At just 24-years-old, German woman, Petra Pazsitka decided she wanted a new life so she devised a plan to simply vanish.  After failing to show up at her younger brother's birthday party in 1984, Pazsitka was reported missing. Everyone believed something horrible had happened to her. A massive police search ensued with no trace of her whereabouts. A German crime show even featured her story on TV, hoping someone would recognize her and know what happened.

Eventually it was concluded that Pazsitka was murdered. While her body was never found, a suspect accused of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl, confessed to also killing Pazsitka, but then later withdrew his statement. Pazsitka's case was closed in 1989.

It's been 31 years since she vanished, her family has been left wondering what exactly happened to her, not knowing that for those 31 years, Pazsitka has been alive and well. 

Recently Pazsitka revealed her true identity to police when they responded to her home on a burglary call in Dusseldorf, Germany. She still had her identification from the year she went missing to prove who she was. She confessed to wanting to start a new life, saying she had saved up $22,000 and moved to a secret apartment where she could start her life with her new identity. 

Details about how she kept her secret so long have also emerged. She paid cash for everything and didn't have a bank account, passport or social security card. 

What makes this story even more odd though is that Pazsitka wouldn't say why she wanted to disappear. She also said she wants no contact with the public or her family, not even her 80-year-old mother who burst into tears when she heard the new. According to NBC she did say that family issues had nothing to do with her disappearance. 

Pazsitka's family have asked the police to deliver a letter to her on their behalf hoping that one day, she may choose to reunite with them. 

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