Last night my daughter and I were driving on a road about 6 miles from our house when my daughter exclaimed, "There's Lightning!" (our cat) We turned around to find the cat still nearby. We called him by his name and he stopped, meowed, and rolled over on his back. We picked him up and brought him home.
Lightning has been missing since October 2004 -- we were sure he was no longer a living cat.
Now he's at home begging to go out.