Back in 1994, a court ruled and declared Donald Miller Jr. as legally dead after he vanished from his home 8-years ago. Last week, Miller went to court to motion to reverse the 1994 ruling; however, Judge Allan Davis at the Hancock County Probate Court denied the request. Reportedly, the judge cited a 3-year limit for changing a death ruling.
"I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned."
-- Judge Davis
Miller went to court about 8 years ago so he could get a driver's license and again to reinstate his Social Security Number. Miller's ex-wife, Robin Miller countered motioned the court to deny her ex-husband's request because she spent his life insurance money and did not wish to repay it back on the claim that she did not have the money to do so. Life insurance was also paid to their two children. Apparently, Donald Miller went missing because he owed large amounts of child-support payments that were overdue in the amount of $26,000. He stated to the judge that he went missing in the 80's when he lost his job due to alcoholism. He reappeared in 2005. In addition, he stated that he had no intent of faking his death but rather to avoid paying the child support that he could not afford at the time due to his unemployment.
Personally, I do not understand the judge's ruling about the 3x limit because when he first went to court to have his declared death reversed, the residing judge should have made it a permiment change. At the very least, it should have been resolved on the second reversal.