Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 21, 2001
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Although not mentioned in this account, it was the non-dead man's sister who identified the corpse as her brother. (She was interviewed on TV last night.) I wonder how often bodies are misidentified by distraught family members?
http://toronto.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=tor_040917GO train victim calls during own funeral
Toronto — The family of a Newfoundland man is overjoyed after discovering he hadn't been killed in a train accident after all.
Police in Toronto had identified Dane Squires as the man killed while crossing the track of a Toronto GO train last Friday.
But, during his funeral in Toronto Thursday, Squires called his daughter Trina to report he was alive and well.
The body on the GO tracks had been found without identification, and the family had contacted police to report Squires missing.
Toronto police are saying the dead man remains unidentified, and Squires' family is bewildered.
"We've been mourning in Newfoundland and in Toronto, everywhere in total shock," says Dane's brother Gilbert of St. Philip's, Newfoundland.
"They just loaded Dane's body in the hearse and the funeral director comes and says somebody would like to speak to you on the phone and Dane's daughter Trina took the phone. This was Dane on the phone, so she actually thought that she was dead or talking to a ghost or something and just about lost her mind," he says.
Squires says it's not unusual for his brother, who stays with his sister in Toronto, to visit friends for four or five days and then come back.
His brother didn't realize there was any problem until he read his own obituary in the newspaper.
Squires says his brother is taking his "death" with good humour.
"He said, 'I've got a new name. I haven't decided what it's going to be'. And I said what would that be and he said, 'I'm either going to call myself Lazarus or Jesus.'"
Toronto police are now looking for the true identity of the victim.
They describe the dead man as white, six feet tall, 180 lbs., age 40-45, with receding short brownish red hair, a beard and extensive tartar build up on his teeth.
He was wearing blue nylon track pants and a grey T-shirt when found.