Aigali Supugaliev, 63, was reported missing from his village of Tomarly in Kazakhstan on 9 July.
But he been offered a job working on a distant farm and had decided to take the four month post, not thinking to inform his relatives.
When decomposed corpse was discovered close to his home two months later, his family feared the worst.
A DNA test on found a 99.92 per cent likelihood that this was Supugaliev – the maximum probability such a test can give.
A death certificate was duly issued and his brother Esengali organised a funeral and the family held a wake.
The dead man was buried in a Muslim ceremony in a ceremony in Zhuldyz district but then Supugaliev returned home.
“When Aigali came home alive and healthy, my daughter Saule, seeing her 'dead' uncle, almost collapsed with a heart attack,” said Esengali.
“The DNA analysis had confirmed this was my brother. We believed the results and conducted all the funeral and memorial rites.
“I spent so much money on it. But it is not even about the money. Who have we buried? Maybe his relatives are looking for this person.”
Unmarried Aigali posed for a picture with his gravestone which his family had been poised to erect at the moment he walked through the front door.
His sister in law Aiman Supugalieva, 51, said: “Glory to Allah that he returned alive, but we are going to prosecute the experts who gave such a DNA result.”
The test had used his nail clippings, according to local reports.
The scientist who carried out the test Akmaral Zhubatyrova said: “It is impossible to state unequivocally that this is the body of a person, relying only on the results of the DNA examination.
“We should not forget about the remaining 0.08 per cent.”
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