From The Associated Press
CHATTAROY, Wash -- A woman fighting to regain widow's benefits has learned Social Security Administration officials were right -- her husband really is still alive.
Judy Sullivan, 66, was given proof that a man who identified himself as Jack Sullivan in an undisclosed East Coast location was the same man who vanished 16 years ago after 25 years of marriage, the Spokesman-Review of Spokane reported Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Social Security officials stopped sending checks and demanded that Judy Sullivan repay the more than $90,000 she had received, saying Jack Sullivan had been found. A man by that name applied for a Social Security card and driver's license, and his identity was confirmed, an official said.
We picture this going down like Nelson's dad leaving on The Simpsons, he went out for a pack of smokes and never came back. Thank God that his name wasn’t John Smith or Bill Johnson. Then Social Security and Judy Sullivan would have had a problem. How does a guy just disappear like this? Did the wife really know that he was alive but just ‘dead to me?’ Is he going to make some Bill Murray-in-Broken Flowers-esque road trip to make amends for all the wrong he’s done? We suppose that a divorce is in order. We’re a little disappointed, from a voyeur’s standpoint, that there was not a fake death plus weird funeral involved. He could have worn a disguise and thrown flowers on his own grave and whispers, “Jack Sullivan is dead, long live Jack Sullivan.”