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He’s alive! A soccer player who reportedly died in a car crash in 2016 has been found alive. The Congolese athlete who played professional soccer in Germany has emerged alive and well after four years.

Hiannick Kamba, a 33-year-old former FC Schalke 04 defender, is back in Germany after being reported dead in an accident in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. A German prosecutor has confirmed this news to People.

"Mr. Kamba has recently returned to Germany," Prosecutor Anette Milk told the publication. "There are no reasonable doubts about his identity.”

Kamba was found alive in Gelsenkirchen, Germany where he worked as a chemical technician for an energy supply company.

According to Milk, an investigation is now underway against Kamba’s wife who is being accused of fraud. German newspaper Bild, as per People, reports that the wife may have forged documents, including her husband’s death certificate to collect life insurance pensions.

"An investigation into fraud is underway at the Essen public prosecutor's office against his wife. She denies the charge,” Milk revealed. The wife may have received “a low seven-digit amount (in euros).”

Kamba told investigators his companions "had left him during the night while on a trip to the interior of the Congo in January 2016.” They took his papers, money and phone.

The car crash which has purported to have caused his death was allegedly staged. It is not known if Kamba knew about the scheme.