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Medical examiner misidentifies body, declares wrong man dead

Tyler Chase not dead

Tyler Chase speaks to Portland, Oregon, Fox affiliate KPTV in an interview. Chase, 22, was declared dead by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner, but he was actually alive and well. The office misidentified him after his temporary driver’s license was found on a dead man. (KPTV/YouTube)

Tyler Chase learned in October that his food stamps were no longer active so he went to Oregon’s Department of Human Services in Portland to see what was wrong.

What he found out next knocked him stone-cold dead.

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

Turns out, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office declared the 22-year-old Chase dead of a drug overdose on Sept. 11, according to a statement sent to Law&Crime. A man found dead had Chase’s wallet and temporary driver’s license on him so the medical examiner’s office identified him as Chase. Officials believe the man whom they thought was Chase stole Chase’s wallet at an addiction recovery center where both were staying. The temporary license had Chase’s name but not a photo.

The medical examiner’s office notified Chase’s family of his death and on Oct. 1 the body was cremated. Officials issued a death certificate. The ashes went to the family.

Chase said in the interview with KPTV that he has long struggled with drug addiction and hasn’t had much contact with his family over the years.



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