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‘Dead’ man walking applies to get his identity back

SI SA KET: A man who was believed dead and cremated has begun the process of getting his identity back, as police wonder who was the man using his name who died seven months ago.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 21 December 2017, 08:30AM


Sakorn Sacheewa provides information to officials at the Non Khun district office in Si Sa Ket yesterday (Dec 20), as he applies to reactivate his status as living, after being officially declared dead in May. Photo: Sermpong Thongsamrit

Sakorn Sacheewa provides information to officials at the Non Khun district office in Si Sa Ket yesterday (Dec 20), as he applies to reactivate his status as living, after being officially declared dead in May. Photo: Sermpong Thongsamrit

Sakorn Sacheewa went to the Non Khun district office yesterday (Dec 20) to ask that he be officially resurrected and his name returned to him.

The Phra Nakhon district office issued Mr Sakorn’s death certificate to his family on May 21.

The Bureau of Registration Administration, part of the Interior Ministry, subsequently declared him officially dead, based on the death certificate.

Non Khun district chief Pornchai Wongngam said officials will question his family, relatives and other people before submitting Mr Sakron’s request to be officially declared still alive to the bureau.

Nang Loeng Police in Bangkok had informed his family he died of a digestive disease in Phra Nakhon district on May 18. The body was sent to the Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital at Navamindradhiraj University, and his family took it back to Ban Lao Fai Non Khun, where it was later cremated.

But Mr Sakorn surprisingly showed up unannounced at his home on Sunday (Dec 17) to the great shock of his family and relatives, who initially believed he was a ghost until reassured of his continuing existence in this world after repeatedly touching him.

Mr Sakorn said on Sunday that he had lost contact with them because he was out at sea, working on a fishing trawler operating out of Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

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He said a Myanmar man had stolen his ID card and he received a new one after reporting it to officials.

The problem now is: who was the man using his identity that Mr Sakorn’s family cremated.

Lt Weerayut Srisupat, deputy superintendent of the Nang Loeng Police, said police had found Mr Sakorn’s ID card along with a security guard’s ID card with his name on it, in the rented room where he was believed to have died on May 18.

Police on Tuesday (Dec 19) contacted the company and told that a man named Sakorn Sacheewa had worked for the firm since 2015.

Pol Lt Weerayut said police will try to identity the man once believed to be Mr Sakorn from the bone relics left from the cremation, and fingerprints.

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Kurt | 21 December 2017 - 11:11:59

Lovely story. One can't make up such happening.
A death certificate provided by thai authorities based on a reported stolen ID Card.
Sure there are now a few officials promoted to inactive posts,..or not?

Guess the family of the returned family member can ask now for refund from the Thai Government for the cremation costs of a stranger due to fault Government.

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