A Canadian man who was thought to have died in a fire back in 1977 has been found living in Oklahoma with a new family.
Ronald Stan was just 32 years old when he mysteriously vanished. It was speculated that he had burned to death in a barn fire, despite the fact firefighters couldn't find any trace of his body. Nine years later, an Ontario court declared Stan dead.
Fast forward another 28 years, when a routine audit reopened the case and found that Stan had been living in Oklahoma under the name Jeff Walton. He confirmed his identity to the Ontario Provincial Police, but he wouldn't discuss any further details on why he left Canada.
His Oklahoman son, who was unaware of his father's previous life, told The Star, "I'm still trying to put all the puzzle pieces together myself."
What's even stranger, Stan's uncle Edward knew he was alive the entire time. Apparently he was shocked to learn that his nephew had been declared dead in the first place.
Edward told reporters that he had seen Stan at a family funeral in 1997.
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