LONDON (AFP) - A man thought to have died 15 years ago has been discovered alive and well -- and claiming British state benefits under a fake name -- according to a report published Monday.
In details that resemble the circumstances surrounding back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin and his wife's deception -- for which they were arrested and charged -- The Sun tabloid claimed Walter Dominy, feared drowned, was living in France and claiming benefits under a former neighbour's identity.
Darwin and his wife Anne were remanded in custody earlier this month after their story generated worldwide interest since he walked into a London police station on December 1 last year, saying he had amnesia and thought he was a missing person.
It later emerged that, having been officially declared dead in 2003, he had been living with his wife in Panama.
Citing Dominy's daughter, The Sun said the now 71-year-old disappeared aboard a ferry in October 1993 and left a suicide note in his car, after he and his wife owed around 200,000 pounds (270,000 euros, 395,000 dollars) to creditors and tax authorities.