Ohio Man Informed That He’s Legally Dead
An Ohio man has been told by a local judge that, as far as the law is concerned, he’s dead:
Donald Eugene Miller Jr. walked out of Hancock County Probate Court on Monday as legally dead as ever.
In 1994, the court ruled that Miller was legally dead, eight years after he disappeared from his Arcadia rental home.
The same judge, Allan Davis, ruled Monday that Miller is still dead, in the eyes of the law. Miller’s request for a reversal came well after the three-year legal limit for changing a death ruling, Davis said.
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.
Hey, the law is the law.