There’s no easy way to come back from the dead.
Donald Miller, Jr. went to court to ask a judge to reverse a 1994 ruling that declared him legally dead after he had disappeared from his home eight years earlier. The judge denied his request, citing a three-year time limit for changing a death ruling.
Probate Court Judge Allan Davis called it a “strange, strange situation.”
“We’ve got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health,” said Judge Davis. “I don’t know where that leaves you, but you’re still deceased as far as the law is concerned.”
Miller resurfaced about eight years ago and went to court so that he could get a driver’s license.
His ex-wife had opposed the move, saying she doesn’t have the money to repay the Social Security benefits that were paid to the couple’s children after Miller was declared dead. She said her former husband vanished because he owed big child support payments and that the overdue payments had totaled $26,000 by 1994.
Miller told the judge that he disappeared in the 1980s because he had lost his job and he was an alcoholic. He lived in Florida and Georgia before returning to Ohio around 2005.
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