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Local Families Anxiously Await News from Loved Ones in the Philippines

STOCKTON–

A Stockton woman trying to trace her relatives trapped in the Philippines says finding them is not easy, and waiting on word about their welfare is agonizing.

Edith Mitchell hasn’t slept in days because she says she’s worried sick about her niece and nephew missing since the typhoon hit Leyte.

“I feel sad and I can’t sleep. For two days I can’t sleep. I kept watching on television I kept tracking on Facebook if anybody can trace him,” Mitchell said.

Michell’s newphew, Marlou Sarvida Estabaya, his wife and two small children had been living in her home. Friends on Facebook tell Mitchell her home has been destroyed but they’ve spotted her nephew.

“‘The roof of your house gone and the glass windows broken and they can not live there your nephew.’ I said, ‘Where [is] he at now?’ She heard only that he lives one block from that house,” explained Mitchell.

But Mitchell says her nephew has not reached out to her and she hasn’t been able to make contact with him either. As for the news about her niece, right now it does not look so good.

The American Red Cross says the best way for anyone to find their family in the Philippines is to register with their tracing system.

“If you register with the American Red cross as we get communications and establish someone in the town that you’re looking for then they’ll actually do a physical search for that person,” said Heath Wakelee, with Sacramento American Red Cross.

But until that search happens Mitchell says she won’t be able to sleep until she knows her family is safe.

“I just want to talk to my nephew to see what he needs,” Mitchell said.