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. “We just kept staring at him,” she said on Friday, still wrung out from what she called an emotional roller coaster. Juneau police have apologized for the anguish the mistake caused and are reviewing audio tapes and other records to find out what went wrong.

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