Former Schalke player Hiannick Kamba has reportedly been found alive in Germany, four years after his assumed death.
The Congolese right-back was thought to have died in a car crash in his native country Congo in January 2016 according to a report by German publication Bild.
However, Kamba has been found well and alive working as a chemical technician for an energy company in the city of Gelsenkirchen - where Schalke play their home games - near Dortmund in western Germany.
Kamba is said to have returned to Germany two years ago. His legal aide, Anette Milk, said "he was abandoned by friends overnight on a visit to Congo in January 2016 and was left without documents, money and a cell phone."
His re-appearance has now led to a police investigation in Germany, focusing on Kamba's ex-wife - who received a life insurance payout after producing a Congolese death certificate.
Ms Milk told Bild that: “The accused is accused of fraud, but she denies the fact. The proceedings are still ongoing."
Kamba is set to be a witness in the investigation, claiming he was unaware of his wife’s actions.
The right-back was in Schalke’s youth system alongside Germany’s number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer before leaving the club in 2007.
He went on to play for a variety of lower league German sides and was playing for eighth tier outfit VFB Huls when news of his death emerged in January 2016.