In September, Tyler Chase’s family was devastated to receive news that he had died of a drug overdose. However, three months later they were shocked to discover that the body was actually someone else’s. Despite staying in a rehab center and being sober for several months, Chase found himself struggling to find work.

One day, while trying to use his food stamps at a department store, he realized that his credit card was no longer active. Suspicious and desperate for answers, he went to the authorities to resolve the issue. To his shock, he was informed that a death certificate had been filed in his name.

Chase immediately contacted Portland police, who went to the rehab center where he was staying to investigate the situation. It was eventually revealed that a man living at the rehab center had died of an overdose and was mistakenly identified as Chase. His family was mistakenly notified of his death and his body was cremated without being properly identified.

Despite initially believing the news that he was alive to be a hoax, Tasha Rosales, Chase’s cousin, raised over $1,000 for his cremation out of concern for him. The whole experience led her to realize how easily she could have met the same fate as Chase and inspired her to take action in helping others who may be struggling with addiction.

A Multnomah County spokesman expressed deep regret for the misidentification and put new procedures in place to prevent such mistakes from happening again in the future. As for Chase, he found work helping the homeless in Portland and used this experience as motivation to continue advocating for those who need help with addiction recovery.

By Editor

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