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Cops Tell the Wrong Parents Their Son Died in a Car Accident

Bungling cops told parents their son died in a car crash before devastated couple discovered him ALIVE when he answered the door of his girlfriend's home.

Karen and Jay Priest instead were stunned when the son, 29-year-old Justin Priest, answered the door after being told he died in a car crash

I didn't know why they were yelling and screaming,' Justin Priest said. 'I was mostly asleep'

It turned out that the real accident victim had the same name, but he was a different age with a different birthdate and middle name.

An Alaska couple knocked on the door of their son's long-time girlfriend Thursday, intending to inform her that he'd been killed in a car accident.
Karen and Jay Priest instead were stunned when the son, 29-year-old Justin Priest, answered the door. They had mistakenly been told by Juneau police that he'd been killed in the crash.
Karen Priest said her husband started sobbing, and she was in shock.


Alive: Justin Priest holds his 9-week-old yellow lab Lily in Anchorage on Thursday after police ,istakenly told his parents he'd died in a car crash.


Apologized: Juneau police chief BRyce Johnson has apologized for the anguish the mistake caused and are reviewing audio tapes and other records to find out what went wrong.

'There are no words,'she said on Friday, still wrung out from what she called an emotional roller coaster. 'We just kept staring at him.'
Justin Priest said he'd gotten up to let out his 9-week-old puppy Lily and was near the door at 5:30 a.m. when his parents and brother knocked.

They started screaming when he opened the door.
The Priests live outside of Palmer. At 3 a.m. Thursday, they were awakened by their barking dogs and a knock on the door. Through a window, Jay saw a man with the drill sergeant hat of an Alaska State Trooper.

'He knew right away, the dread. It's not good when a trooper knocks on your door at three o'clock in the morning,' Karen Priest said. The trooper informed them that Justin, a private fisheries biologist in Anchorage, had died in Juneau. The trooper gave them a Juneau police phone number. When the couple called there, an officer said Justin's car had crashed into a tree at high speed.


Blessed: Karen Priest feels lucky that her son is alive and also offered condolences to the family whose son really died in the car crash

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Happy Couple: Julia and Justin Priest have been dating for five years and when Justin's parents went to visit Julia's house to tell her the bad news it was Justin who answered the door


That didn't sound like Justin, Karen said. The officer said they investigation was ongoing, which to her implied alcohol use, and that didn't sound right either, she said.

They started calling out-of-state relatives. The Priests dressed and drove 45 miles to Anchorage to tell another son, Cody. Awakened at 4:30 a.m., Cody collapsed when he heard the news, Karen said.

The parents and Cody drove to find Justin's long-time girlfriend, Julia, so she could hear the news in person. Jay knocked on 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,' she said. 'You want it to be true, but you go, 'Am I hallucinating?' Justin didn't know what was going on."

'I didn't know why they were yelling and screaming,' Justin Priest said. 'I was mostly asleep. They were yelling, 'Praise Jesus! It's a miracle!'
'I was shocked and astonished and had to keep grabbing him and hugging him,' Jay told Alaska Dispatch News.The saddest day became the happiest. 'I never cried so much in all my life.'

It took a few minutes to sort out what happened. Justin initially thought his parents were the victims of a scam. After 'lots of hugging, lots of tears,' he called Juneau police to tell them they had identified the wrong Justin Priest.

Juneau police have apologized for the anguish the mistake caused and are reviewing audio tapes and other records to find out what went wrong.
It turned out that the real accident victim had the same name, but he was a different age with a different birth date and middle name
'I'm almost speechless for words,'Chief Bryce Johnson said.

'This shouldn't happen.'Police wanted troopers to contact the Priest family to find out if the crash victim was their son. The request was un-clearly transmitted or misinterpreted, Johnson said, and the officer took the assignment as a death notification.

'We have to take responsibility for that,' Johnson said.'It was our case.'

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Re: Cops Tell the Wrong Parents Their Son Died in a Car Accident

Would have made a good "punked" episode.

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Would have made a good "punked" episode.
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Excellent police work.

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Re: Cops Tell the Wrong Parents Their Son Died in a Car Accident

Honest mistake. I bet it really made his parents appreciate what they have.

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