Friday, January 27, 2023

Human remains of last person reported missing after Hurricane Ian found

Human remains of a man were found on a boat in southwest Florida and after analysis determined they belonged to the last person missing after Hurricane Ian last September.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceau confirmed in a Twitter message Sunday night that the remains found inside the “Good Girl” boat were those of Hearst, who decided to wait for Ian to arrive inside his boat. , and has been missing ever since.

Authorities pulled the boat out to sea on Friday, a day after it was discovered by an employee at a marina across the bay.

Subsequent forensic analysis confirmed that human remains found inside the boat were consistent with Hearst, who suffered from mobility problems and whose family was informed of the results.

“It’s finally over. We’re glad they finally found you and you’re home. I love you. I miss you,” Shannon Vaughn, daughter of the deceased, said in statements collected by local channel WBBH. . We all do it.” NBC affiliate, sister channel of Telemundo.}

Last Thursday, Sheriff Marceau announced that the body of 82-year-old Ilonka Keynes had been discovered in some Fort Myers mangroves, who had died of drowning and was one of two people who were still missing. hurricane.

After impacting Cuba, Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida on September 28 as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale, one of five at maximum.

It was the deadliest of the 2022 season in the Atlantic, with more than 145 deaths, 68 of them in Lee County, and an estimated $50 billion in damage in this southern state alone.

To date, the federal government has provided more than $4 billion in assistance to Florida officials and people in the state affected by Hurricane Ian, allocated for both emergency operations and recovery operations at the time of the disaster.

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