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article image'Dead' man missing for decades wants to be declared alive

By Mike White     Feb 21, 2014 in Odd News
San Diego - A San Diego man claims he is a former Verizon worker, missing for 20 years and declared dead. He is now seeking to be declared alive and to start receiving Verizon benefits, which have been going to his "widow."
According to the New York Daily News, Kwame Seku claims he is the former Winston Bright and that his "widow" has been receiving death benefits from Verizon, the company he once worked for. Seku claims he had amnesia, but his alleged widow, Leslie Bright, says Seku has not asked for a renewed relationship with her or their children. She says she will seek back child support. Bright was declared dead by a judge 20 years ago.
“My name is no longer Winston Bright. It is Kwame Seku,” Seku, 65, claimed in a letter this month to a Manhattan Surrogate’s Court judge. “And I am the same person.”
He also claims a DNA test in New York with Mary Bright, whom he claims is his mother, in December, proves he is her son. He adds that he should receive benefits from Verizon because he was employed by the company for 20 years.
Verizon officials said they will still follow a court order which ruled Bright dead and will pay the benefits to Leslie Bright.
Leslie Bright claims she had no money, many questions and children to raise on her own when her husband left. She adds she will fight her husband. She went to court in 2000 seeking a ruling to declare Winston Bright dead. Eight years before that Seku showed up on public records in California.
Seku claims to have had amnesia for 20 years and to have adopted the new name during the time he wandered the streets of California.
According to ABC News, Bright told his wife one day in 1990 he would be home for dinner but never showed up. He was never found after a missing person’s investigation.
After a year at a homeless shelter he took the name Kwame Seku. After receiving a GED, he went to community college and received a teaching certificate and then started teaching. Seku said 12 years later some memories started to return.
"Dreams, waking memories, investigating those leads on the Internet," he explained.
"I was lost, confused and frightened. I had only a few dollars in my pocket," Seku explained what it was like to have amnesia, according to
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