Man Who Was Declared Dead By Medical Examiner Shows Up Alive Weeks Later

In a truly unbelievable turn of events, 23-year-old Tyler Chase from Oregon, who had been mistakenly declared dead due to a mix-up involving an urn of ashes and a death certificate, reappeared weeks later to prove that he was, in fact, very much alive. This extraordinary story began on September 11, 2023, when Tyler Chase was mistakenly pronounced dead, a victim of a drug overdose. At the time, he was living in a recovery program, trying to overcome his substance abuse issues after a challenging period living on the streets. Sadly, during this time, he had lost contact with his family.

The strangeness of this tale took an even more perplexing turn in October when Tyler Chase discovered that his food assistance benefits were suddenly halted because, according to official records, he was listed as ‘dead.’ Shocked by this revelation, he sought help from the Department of Human Services to rectify the situation.

When Tyler Chase approached the Department of Human Services for assistance, things took an even more bewildering turn. Perplexed employees, upon checking their records, were astonished to find that the young man standing before them, Tyler Chase himself, was officially registered as deceased. Naturally, they requested to see his identification, and Tyler obliged, assuming that this would clear up the confusion.

To his astonishment, the situation only grew more perplexing when the Department of Human Services staff confirmed that indeed, their records indicated that Tyler Chase had been declared dead. He found himself trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, unable to contact his estranged family to let them know that he was alive and well.

Finally, the root cause of this mind-boggling mix-up was uncovered. It turned out that an urn containing the ashes of a stranger, along with a formal death certificate, had been sent to Tyler Chase’s family. This grim package had led them to believe that he had tragically passed away.

The shocking truth eventually came to light when officials located Tyler Chase at the recovery center in Oregon on December 19. It was at this point that authorities acknowledged a colossal mistake that had resulted in the wrongful declaration of his death. The confusion stemmed from a series of events that seemed straight out of a movie.

A man, suspected of stealing Tyler Chase’s wallet while both were at the drug recovery center, had passed away in Portland. Medical examiners, in an attempt to identify the deceased, used a temporary identification card found in the stolen wallet. Unfortunately, the ID card was smudged and damaged, making it difficult to read. Regrettably, they mistakenly associated it with Tyler John Chase and subsequently notified his family, following standard protocols.

Tyler Chase recounted the surreal situation, saying, “So, they find a paper ID of me that’s smudged and everything, and they were like, ‘That’s Tyler John Chase,’ so they put him down as me. And then they notified the family like protocol.”

This astonishing case has prompted the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, responsible for certifying deaths, to reevaluate their protocols. As a result, new procedures have been put in place to prevent such errors from occurring again. Moving forward, anyone found with a temporary state-issued identification must also have their fingerprints submitted for positive identification, ensuring that cases like Tyler Chase’s are avoided.

In conclusion, the incredible story of Tyler Chase’s ‘resurrection’ after a mix-up with an urn of ashes and a death certificate serves as a reminder of the vital importance of meticulous record-keeping and identification procedures. It highlights the potential consequences of bureaucratic errors and emphasizes the need for constant improvement in protocols to prevent such incidents from recurring. Tyler Chase’s journey, from being mistakenly declared dead to his eventual rediscovery, showcases the resilience of the human spirit and underscores the importance of maintaining accurate records to avoid unimaginable mix-ups like this one.