A young man astounded his grieving family when he walked into the wake they were holding in his memory.
The remarkable incident took place in Paraguay, in the village of Santa Teresa in the eastern department of Amambay.
Juan Ramon Alfonso Penayo, 20, returned home after he had been missing for several days and his family and friends suspected foul play.
Police had earlier discovered the gruesome remains of a burned body that could not be identified and family members believed it was Penayo
As drug gangs operate in the area, they feared that he had become involved in trouble and killed.
Organised crime specialist Candido Figueredo told local media Penayo left his home on Thursday last week and had not come back.