Eastern Bloc

Flowers are placed in front of symbolic crosses commemorating the victims of the Berlin Wall's border guards, in Berlin, Germany, 13 August 2012. EPA/SEBASTIAN KUNIGKEIT

Berlin wall escapee billed as dead for 31 years is alive and well

For 31 years, Rene Seiptius had been counted among the thousands of people killed while trying to escape the confines of communist East Germany. As it turns out, he was alive all along.

"I can't explain how it could have happened," Seiptius said.