Teen missing since 1996 was confined

By Daniel Lovering
The Associated Press

McKEESPORT, Pa. — A woman who disappeared as a teen 10 years ago had been
living with a middle-school security guard who didn’t allow her to leave
his home for several years, police said Wednesday.

Tanya Nicole Kach, now 24, was reunited with her family this week. She
had been living at the man’s home, about two miles from her father’s
house in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport, police said.

The two met when Thomas Hose, 48, worked as a security guard at a school
where Kach was a student. It was not immediately clear how she ended up
at the home.

She was discovered Tuesday when she approached a convenience-store owner
and told him that she wasn’t Nikki Evans, the name by which the owner
knew her. She said she was being kept locked in a bedroom, said the
owner, Joseph Sparico, who contacted authorities.

“I was so scared that nobody would believe me,” Kach told WTAE-TV from
her father’s home Wednesday.

Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said Kach had been
staying at the home Hose shared with his parents since 1996, and was not
allowed to leave for the first four years she was there.

“She had no contact with people, other than the people that were in the
home,” Moffatt said.

Moffatt said charges against Hose were pending, but would not elaborate.

The woman’s father, Jerry Kach, was grateful for her return: “I just say
thank you. There is a God and he brought my little girl back home.”

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