Donald Miller Jr. was declared legally dead in 1994, eight years after he disappeared from his home in the northwest Ohio town of Arcadia.
Miller went to court this week to have the ruling changed. But his former wife opposed the move.
She said she doesn’t have the money to repay the Social Security benefits that were paid out to her and their two children after Miller was declared dead.
The Courier newspaper in Findlay reported she claims he vanished in the 1980s because he owed big child support payments.
A Hancock County judge who denied Miller’s request for a reversal of the death ruling calls it a “strange, strange situation.”