5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

Tragic aftermath in Wrangell, Alaska: Landslide leaves casualties and missing persons in debris.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

1. Alaska rescue teams have halted active searches after a landslide in Wrangell, Alaska, left at least three dead and three missing in mud and debris.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

2. The landslide occurred following a rain-soaked storm that triggered a massive cascade of mud and trees, engulfing houses and a coastal stretch of the Zimovia Highway.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

3. Austin McDaniel, a spokesperson for the state Public Safety Department, confirmed that search operations ended after scouring the debris field.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

4. Search efforts ceased after discovering the bodies of Timothy Heller, 44; his wife, Beth Heller, 36; and their 16-year-old daughter, Mara, while three others remain missing.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

5. Among the missing are Derek and Kara Heller, aged 12 and 11, and 65-year-old Otto Florschutz, whose injured wife, Christina, 63, was found alive.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

6. The Hellers' house was positioned between the highway and the shoreline, while the Florschutz couple resided on the opposite side, according to officials.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

7. Despite ceasing active searches, a canine scent-detection team remains on standby in Wrangell, ready to resume operations if new information surfaces.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

8. The borough of Wrangell, historically settled by Russians in an area long inhabited by the Native Tlingit people, suffered extensive damage due to the landslide.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

9. The mountainous region was hit by heavy rainfall and high winds, causing the heavily wooded slope to collapse, devastating homes and the highway.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

10. Authorities identified the deceased individuals but continue their efforts to locate the missing individuals and conduct further investigations.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

11. The tragedy affected three households, resulting in the destruction of houses and a section of the coastal highway, impacting the entire community.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

12. The devastating landslide occurred on Wrangell Island in the Alaska Panhandle, situated approximately 155 miles south of Juneau, the state capital.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

13. Wrangell's rich historical background, settled by different cultures, highlights its significance and the profound impact of this natural disaster on the local community.

5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide

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5 member family identified among victims of Alaska landslide