Got killed in a busy server with a couple buddies who watched over my gear while I came back. I went to another server to try and get a nearby spawn. I wasn't having any luck so to save time I went back to the original server and just respawned in game (which usually results in a randomized character.)
This didn't happen and curiously I respawned in my original server as my customized guy. Weird- but I thought nothing of it.
I go to my dead body and my guys had pulled most of the stuff off of it but there was some stuff they couldn't carry. I grabbed that and had almost all of my normal gear back... boots, assault backpack, assault helmet / visor, AK, knife, various items, tactical shirt... no pants (ruined) but 90% of my gear was still there so I put it all on.
We played for awhile and I logged- went on the next day and not only was my character changed to some random one but most of my gear was gone. All I had left was a balaclava, the stock pants and whatever was stored in both. Everything else was gone.