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writes "The Courier of Findlay Ohio reports that Judge Allan Davis ruled that 61-year-old Donald Eugene Miller Jr. is still legally dead, eight years having passed since Miller disappeared from his Arcadia rental home in 1986 and three years after the legal limit for changing a death ruling passed in 1994. Miller told the court he was an alcoholic who was unsure what to do after losing his job and left Hancock County sometime before 1990. "My paycheck was being taken away from me and I had nothing left," Miller said. "It kind of went further than I ever expected it to. I just kind of took off, ended up in different places." Now Miller says he would like to start his life again, or "whatever's left of it" and asked the court to reverse its 1994 death ruling so he can reinstate his canceled Social Security number and driver's license. "My client's here on a wing and a prayer today," said his attorney, Francis Marley. The court said no. Miller's ex-wife, Robin Miller, had asked for the death ruling so Social Security death benefits could be paid to their two children and she opposed his request for a change in the death ruling, because she does not want to repay the Social Security benefits. Judge Davis referred to Donald Miller's case as a "strange, strange situation." "We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," said the Judge. "I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned." Miller has 30 days to appeal the court’s ruling, according Judge Davis."