'Dead' man returns home a year after his body was identified

A man returned home a year after he disappeared and his body was identified by his own wife and cremated, Tokyo police announced on Wednesday.

The man's wife called police earlier this month and told them the body she identified as her husband a year ago must have been a stranger after all. Police say that the body found in a east river in Tokyo last June must have been someone else who disappeared around the same time.

Police have refused to say what the man has been doing for a year or what led to his disappearance in the first place.

The bodies were likely mis-identified because both men were around the same age and height. Additionally, bodies that are ruled unrelated to crime are usually returned to the families after visual confirmation, according to Tokyo police.

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