In 1994, Donald Eugene Miller was declared legally dead.
In 2013, Donald Eugene Miller went to court to prove that he was not actually dead, but very much alive.
But the judge, Allan Davis, apparently disagreed and Donald Eugene Miller remains, in the eyes of the law, dead, because he missed the three year cut off to change the ruling.
Miller, 61, now of Fostoria, spoke softly in court and offered few details about his past.
Miller said he was an alcoholic who was unsure what to do after losing his job.
“My paycheck was being taken away from me and I had nothing left,” he said.
“It kind of went further than I ever expected it to,” Miller said. “I just kind of took off, ended up in different places,” he said.
He said he briefly worked odd jobs in Atlanta and Marathon, Fla., after leaving Hancock County sometime before 1990.
His parents informed him of his “death” upon his return to Ohio in about 2005, he said.
Miller told Judge Davis he neither sought alcohol treatment nor contacted his children in the time after he left.
Miller said he would like to start his life again, or “whatever’s left of it.” He asked the court to reverse its 1994 death ruling so he can reinstate his canceled Social Security number and driver’s license.
The court said no. (source)
Miller, an Ohio man, had been declared dead at the request of his ex-wife, so that his children could collect Social Security benefits. Miller owed a great deal of child support upon his disappearance – over $26,000.
Robin Miller opposed his request for a change in the death ruling, because she does not want to repay the Social Security benefits. She does not have the money, she said.
Robin Miller said it would be fine if his Social Security number was reinstated. She said she sympathizes with him, but points to his decisions. (source)
Unless the judge’s ruling is overturned, Miller cannot get a job, collect Social Security, or get a driver’s license.
On the bright side, he can probably still vote.
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