A woman fighting to regain widow’s benefits that were cut off long after her husband was declared dead has learned that Social Security Administration officials were right — he really is still alive.

Judy Sullivan, 66, was recently 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, Wash., reported Tuesday.