Police Inform Wrong Family of Son’s Death

| by Michael Allen

An Alaska State Trooper accidentally told the wrong family that their adult son Justin Priest had died in a car accident at 3 a.m. on Thursday morning in Juneau.

The trooper referred Karen and Jay Priest to the Juneau police, who told them that Justin's car had slammed into a tree.

Karen and Jay went to tell their son's girlfriend of his death, but were shocked when Justin answered the door, noted

“It opens and right here is Justin," Karen told the Associated Press. "I don’t even see it, but Jay is sobbing. It doesn’t compute to me. Then I see him. You want it to be true, but you go, ‘Am I hallucinating?’ Justin didn’t know what was going on.”

"There are no words," added Karen. "We just kept staring at him."

Justin said his parents started screaming when he opened the door.

"I didn't know why they were yelling and screaming," Justin stated. "I was mostly asleep. They were yelling, 'Praise Jesus! It's a miracle!'"

His brother Cody, in Anchorage, collapsed when he heard the news from his parents.

Justin called the Juneau police to tell them they had the wrong Justin Priest. The police apologized for the mixup.

"I'm almost speechless for words," Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson said. "This shouldn't happen. We have to take responsibility for that. It was our case."

An Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman said they were told of the death by the Juneau Police Department.

Sources: Associated Press, (Image Credit: RadioKAOS)