When tragedies happen, police officers often have the unenviable task of notifying the next of kin ... or, in this unusual case, complete strangers.

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After a fatal car accident in Juneau, Alaska, both a state trooper and a local police officer informed Jay and Karen Priest that their 29-year-old son Justin had passed away in the crash.

The grieving parents went to their son's house to inform his girlfriend of Justin's tragic passing.

They received the happiest shock of their lives when Justin himself answered the door.

It turns out that the real victim had the same name, but a different age and middle name.

The police chief has apologized to the family, saying he feels horrible about the mistaken identity.

Watch the clip from Fox and Friends Weekend above.

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