CHATTAROY, Wash. (AP) — 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 reported Tuesday.

Jack Sullivan disappeared on June 11, 1991.

A judge declared him legally dead in 1999, and his wife began receiving monthly Social Security checks of $867.

Earlier this year, Social Security officials stopped sending the checks and demanded that Judy Sullivan repay more than $90,000, saying Jack Sullivan had been found.