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Lost and Found: A Cautionary Tale of Drug Overdoses and Misidentification


Feb 11, 2024
22-year-old job seeker mistakenly declared dead

In the month of September, the family of Tyler Chase received tragic news that he had passed away from a drug overdose. However, three months later, they discovered that the body that was cremated in his name was actually that of someone else. The family was devastated and struggled to come to terms with their loss.

Chase had been staying at a rehab center and was sober for several months. One day, while trying to use his food stamps at a department store, he realized his credit card was no longer active. This led him to suspect something was wrong and he contacted authorities to resolve the issue. To his shock, he was informed that a death certificate had been filed in his name.

The Portland Police were then called upon to investigate the situation and it was discovered that a man living at the rehab center had died from an overdose and was mistakenly identified as Chase. His family was notified of his death and the body was cremated without being properly identified.

Chase’s cousin, Tasha Rosales, initially believed the news of his being alive to be a hoax but eventually raised over a thousand dollars for his cremation out of her own pocket. The entire experience shook Rosales to her core and she vowed never to take anything for granted again.

The Multnomah County spokesperson expressed deep regret for the misidentification and new procedures were put in place to prevent such errors from happening again in the future. Despite everything, Chase’s family remains determined to keep their loved one’s memory alive by continuing to fight against addiction and helping others who may be struggling with similar issues.

Chase eventually found work in Portland helping the homeless and noted how easily he could have met the same fate as those who lost their lives due to addiction. He wanted to use this experience as an opportunity to help others avoid making similar mistakes by raising awareness about addiction and its dangers.

In conclusion, this tragic event serves as a reminder that even small mistakes can have devastating consequences on people’s lives. It is important for individuals and organizations alike

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