Karen and Jay Priest got the scare and relief of a lifetime last week.
An Alaska State Trooper awoke them at 3 a.m. and told them that their 29-year-old son, Justin Priest, was killed in a car accident in Juneau. The grieving parents immediately drove to Anchorage to inform their other son, Cody, who they say collapsed at the news.
Once they collected themselves, they drove over to the home of Justin’s longtime girlfriend, Julia, at 5:30 a.m. Imagine their surprise when they knocked and saw Justin on the other side of the door.
"It opens and right here is Justin. I don't even see it but Jay is sobbing. It doesn't compute to me. Then I see him," Karen said. "You want it to be true, but you go, 'Am I hallucinating?' Justin didn't know what was going on."
It turns out the cops had mistakenly identified the wrong Justin Priest.
Justin was obviously very confused. “I didn’t know why they were yelling and screaming,” he said. “I was mostly asleep. They were yelling, ‘Praise Jesus! It’s a miracle!’”
After “lots of hugging, lots of tears,” they called the police to inform them of the huge mishap. The department has since issued an apology.
“I’m almost speechless for words,” Chief Bryce Johnson said. “This shouldn’t happen.”
Well, that’s certainly an understatement.
AP reported the story.
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