Suzie Macdonald of Sunderland explained to Narcity that DRPS knocked on her door at 7:00 am to inform her of her son's death.
"For 5 long languishing hours, I thought my son was dead," wrote Macdonald in a Facebook post.
"I cannot even begin to explain the anguish and heartbreak I felt. My thoughts of how I was going to tell his father, his wife, his 2 sons, everyone who knew and loved him," Macdonald told Narcity.
After Macdonald's son was found safe and sound, she alerted Durham Police that they had "incorrectly identified the body."
Durham Police confirmed the incident to Narcity and explained that the victim had the identical first, middle, and last name of Suzie Macdonald's son, prompting the mistake.