In a startling turn of events, a 23-year-old man, previously declared dead by authorities, has reappeared alive several months later. Tyler Chase, who had been declared dead of an overdose on September 11, 2023, was cremated, and his ashes were handed over to his parents by the authorities in Oregon, United States.
Tyler, who had fallen into drug addiction and was living on the streets, had lost contact with his parents for months.
His death, therefore, did not come as a complete surprise to those who knew him. The last known information about him involved his participation in a rehabilitation program, which, following the news of his death, was presumed to have ended in failure.
However, unbeknownst to his family, Tyler was actually on the path to recovery and reintegration into society.
The shocking revelation of his 'death' came to him when he inquired about social aid that he had not received since October. A social services official informed him that, according to their records, he was declared deceased. After confirming his identity, authorities initiated an investigation to unravel the mystery.
In late December, Tyler discovered that his parents had been informed of his death and had received an urn filled with the ashes of another man. The deceased individual, whose body was mistaken for Tyler's, had stolen Tyler's identity documents, including a provisional driving license.
This case of mistaken identity occurred because no one verified the identity documents of the deceased. As a result of this incident, authorities have now stated that "all individuals found with a temporary state-issued ID will also have to submit their fingerprints for positive identification, to ensure that this never happens again," as reported by Fox 12.