A young man astounded his grieving family when he walked into the funeral rites they were performing on him.

The remarkable incident took place in Paraguay, in the village of Santa Teresa in the eastern department of Amambay.

Penayo’s family and friends at his ‘funeral’

Juan Ramon Alfonso Penayo, 20, returned home after he had been missing for several days and his family and friends presumed him to be dead.

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.

When police found the unidentifiable burned body, it was concluded it was Penayo and his family organised the funeral and buried the remains.

The remains were mistakenly identified as Penayo.

However, they were stunned to see him casually walk into the house in the middle of the wake they were holding for him.



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