Woman Almost Collapsed After 'Cremated' Son Turned Up At Her House
A woman was left in a state of shock after her 'dead' son - the one she had cremated just months before - turned up at her doorstep.
In March this year, Antonina Mikhailovna reported that her 43-year-old son, Konstantin, had been missing for six days.
When police called her up to say they'd found a body a month later, the 62-year-old from Kronstadt, Russia, feared the worst.
And sure enough when she turned up to the morgue, the worst came true and she confirmed the body to be her missing son's.
Alongside Konstantin's estranged wife and daughter, who were equally devastated over the tragedy, Antonina attended his funeral, which was followed by cremation and his interment in the local cemetery.
However, four months later, just as the family were figuring out how to deal with their grief, Antonina received a knock at the door - and she was stunned to find her dead and buried son standing there in front of her.
She told local media that she 'almost collapsed' in shock when she saw the 'dead man' standing there looking totally, well, alive.
The pair were reunited and what came to light is that Antonina, overcome with grief, must have given an accidentally false identification.
Nonetheless, the case has baffled the locals, particularly police who are unsure what to do about Konstantin now that he's officially declared dead.
A police spokesperson said: "In the morgue of the Frunze district of St Petersburg, the mother, Antonina Mikhailovna identified her son Konstantin as being a dead person who was kept there."
Police are now investigating the bizarre case and they've certainly got their work cut out for them.
To make matters even more confusing, they've now got to figure out who the body actually belonged to - which is going to be pretty difficult considering there's nothing left to him but ashes.
As for the son, when quizzed by cops as to where he had been, he said he needed to take some time out to find himself.
Prior to doing a runner, he was working locally on the island, a huge naval base, after graduating from military school.
Speaking about the decision to leave, he said: "I was thinking about the meaning of life, and what I want to do with myself."
Ironically, by leaving town to 'find himself', he ended up losing his identity in the process.