Back from the dead! Oregon man, 23, declared deceased by medical examiner appears ALIVE


  • An Oregon man was confused to discover that he had been pronounced dead by medical examiners
  • Tyler Chase, 23, had his wallet stolen at a drug rehab center and when the thief died of a drug overdose he was misidentified as Chase
  • An urn of the stranger’s ashes and an official death certificate were sent to Chase’s family 

An Oregon man, 23, who was declared to be deceased popped up weeks later alive after an urn of ashes and a death certificate were sent to his family. 

On September 11, 2023, Tyler Chase was declared dead from a drug overdose after he had been living in a recovery programs for several months.

Chase had previously been struggling on the streets with substance abuse and hadn’t been in contact with his family for years.

In a bizarre twist – Chase was baffled when he learned that his food assistance benefits were not active in October because he was allegedly ‘dead’.

He went to the Department of Human Services for help and confused employees questioned him and demanded to see his ID because records showed the 23-year-old to be deceased. 

Tyler Chase (pictured), 23, was declared to be deceased but popped up weeks later alive after an urn of ashes and a death certificate were sent to his family

Tyler Chase (pictured), 23, was declared to be deceased but popped up weeks later alive after an urn of ashes and a death certificate were sent to his family

A man, who was believed to have stolen Chase's wallet at the same drug recovery center, was the person the dead body in Portland belonged to

A man, who was believed to have stolen Chase’s wallet at the same drug recovery center, was the person the dead body in Portland belonged to

‘They were like, “Can we see your ID?” So, I gave it to them,’ Chase recalled. ‘Then they just looked as confused as I was, and they’re like, “Right here it says you are dead.”‘

Chase was shocked by the mix-up, but he still couldn’t contact his estranged family.

It turns out that an urn full of a stranger’s ashes and a formal death certificate had been sent to Chase’s family. 

Officials found Chase at the recover center in Oregon on December 19 and admitted that they had made a big mistake.

A man, who was believed to have stolen Chase’s wallet at the recovery center, was the person the dead body in Portland belonged to.

Medical examiners used a temporary identification card from the stolen wallet to determine the identity of the deceased – and reported Chase as dead. 

‘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,’ Chase said. ‘And then they notified the family like protocol.’ 

It turns out that an urn full of a stranger's ashes and a formal death certificate had been sent to Chase's family

It turns out that an urn full of a stranger’s ashes and a formal death certificate had been sent to Chase’s family

Officials found Chase at the recover center in Oregon on December 19 and admitted that they had made a big mistake

Officials found Chase at the recover center in Oregon on December 19 and admitted that they had made a big mistake

‘We deeply regret that the misidentification happened,’ a county spokesperson said in a statement. ‘The misidentification occurred because the deceased person was carrying Mr. Tyler Chase’s wallet and his official temporary Oregon driver’s license.’

The dramatic mix-up has inspired change in the protocols for pronouncing people dead by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.

‘Going forward, all individuals who are found with a temporary state-issued identification must also have fingerprints submitted for positive identification, to ensure that this will never happen again,’ the statement said. 



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