2 Months After Burial, Dead Brother Shows Up

Aigali Supygaliev had just taken a job in a nearby village, not died
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2018 8:22 AM CST
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Welcome home, Uncle Aigali.   (Getty Images/Serenethos)

(Newser) – "Uncle Aigali," as Kazakhstan's Aigali Supygaliev is known to those close to him, is also known for wandering off from time to time, sometimes for a week or two at a stretch, so when the 63-year-old vanished from his hometown of Tomarly in June, his family waited a whole month before they reported him missing, per the BBC. But bad news soon came via the police, who turned up a charred body and forensic evidence that stated "with 99.2% certainty" that the remains were those of Supygaliev. His brother tells the Azh.kz site, via Sky News, that the family held a wake, buried the body in September, and mourned his loss. Which is why their hearts stopped when Supygaliev nonchalantly strolled through the door two months after he'd been supposedly been interred.

Supygaliev's explanation for his absence: He'd met someone at the market in June who offered him work in a neighboring village, so he accepted the job. Meanwhile, the forensic scientist who'd thrown out that 99.2% surety claim on the dead man's DNA simply shrugged and said, "You must never forget that other 0.8%." Supygaliev's family is considering legal action—they're miffed about the money they laid out to bury the body and for the pension funds in Supygaliev's name they'd sent back—and want to identify the person they laid to rest. "Perhaps his family are looking for him," his brother notes. (A "dead man" in Brazil showed up at his own wake.)

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