Wednesday, October 9, 2013
In 1994, eight years after his disappearance, the Hancock County Probate Court ruled that Donald Eugene Miller Jr. was legally dead. Miller, 61, recently reappeared and requested for a reversal of the death ruling in order to reinstate his Social Security number and driver’s license.
Judge Allan Davis declined the request, ruling Miller is still legally dead because his request came well after the three-year limit for changing a death ruling.
Miller’s ex-wife asked for the 1994 death ruling so Social Security benefits would be paid to their two children. She opposed a change in the death ruling, because she didn’t want to repay the benefits. Miller likely fled Ohio in 1994 because he was overdue on about $26,000 in child support.
See Ryan Dunn, You’re Still Legally Dead, Judge Tells Fostoria Man, The Courier, Oct. 8, 2013.