The grandson of a couple who are still missing in Thursday’s building collapse in Miami claims he’s received multiple calls from their landline – but says there is nothing but static each time he picks up.
The high-rise came crashing to the ground in the early hours of Thursday morning leaving nine people so far confirmed as dead and a further 156 people still missing.
Among the missing are Jake’s grandparents Arnie Notkin, 87, and his wife Myriam, 81. Jake said his family received the first mysterious call at 9.50pm on Thursday, just a matter of hours after the building was reduced to a pile of rubble.
By the time Jake and his family had made their way to the reunification center on Friday morning to see if his beloved grandparents had been found, they had received another 15 calls, all static, he told WPLG.
‘We were just shocked, and we kind of thought nothing of it because we answered, and it was static’, Jake said.
He added: ‘We are trying to rationalize what is happening here, we are trying to get answers.’
By Friday afternoon the calls had stopped and calls back to the number were met with a busy signal, Jake explained to the TV station.
Jake said his family have even reached out to the police to see what the calls could mean but have so far not been able to solve the mystery.
Speaking about his grandparents, Jake told the Miami Herald that Myriam is a former banker and real estate agent while Arnie is a retired and beloved physical education teacher and pee wee football coach.
The Samuelson’s distress comes as the death toll has continued to rise fours days on from the tragedy.
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