Man, presumed dead, returns home a year after family cremated wrong body

Japan Today -- Jun 14
A man in his 40s, who was reported missing last year, and later "found," then confirmed dead by police and his family who had him cremated, has shocked his family by returning home alive and well.
According to police reports, the man in his 40s went missing from his home in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, last year. His family filed a missing persons report immediately after and police had been searching for his whereabouts.

On June 21, 2017, police found an unconscious man in the Edo River in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. His facial and body features matched those reported by the family of the missing man in his 40s. The man found in the river passed away shortly after he was taken to a hospital. There was no ID on him.

The family of the missing man, including his wife and two other relatives, were called by police to identify the body, which they did, confirming that "there's no mistake" that this was him. The man's status then went from "missing" to "dead" with drowning listed as the cause of death. His body was handed over to the family and subsequently cremated. That was the end of the story.

Until he came back to his family alive and well on June 6.

Following the man's surprising return, his wife, who initially filed the missing persons report and who had personally identified the man as dead, called police to announce that her husband had returned. - Japan Today

「亡くなったと思っていた主人が帰ってきた」というまさかの通報で問題が発覚した。川で溺れて死亡した男性について、警視庁が遺体を別の家族に引き渡していたことが分かった。 死亡したはずの夫が帰ってきた?妻に降り掛かった数奇な運命。きっかけは去年、東京で起きたこんな騒動だった。 - ANNnewsCH