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Desperately Seeking Loved Ones Missing in New Orleans

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With communication lines down in the areas hit by the hurricane, there are thousands of people with no word about their loved ones in the area. We hear the voices of worried family and friends broadcasting their messages to those missing. [includes rush transcript]

We hear from people around the country who are searching for any word of loved ones that were in the path of hurricane Katrina. We hear the voices of people who posted in the Craig’s List New Orleans lost and found section. They give the names of their loved ones who they cannot find, asking for them to call. Also posted on Craig’s list is a message from a friend of the well-known musician and singer Alex Chilton, who was the lead singer for the Box Tops and Big Star.

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JUAN GONZALEZ: We go now to people around the country who are searching for any word of loved ones that were in the path of hurricane Katrina. These are some of the voices of those who were desperately reaching out to family and friends lost in the destruction’s wake.

“My name is Diana Rochon. I’m seeking information regarding Bereita Scott, a 87 — 88-year-old woman from New Orleans, Louisiana, who lived in Ponchartrain Park. Please give me any information that you can where she is now, and give her my phone number. My number is (773) 613-6608. I love you. I’m so worried. Please — please contact me. Have somebody tell me that you are okay. ”

“My name is Sally Tranin, and I’m looking for Jimmy Cahn. He lives in the French Quarter in a one-story house. I’m looking for his brother, Richard Cahn, who lives on DeSoto. We have three extra bedrooms, and we would like them to come and stay with us. Our phone number is area code (816) 753-0033, room 315. ”

“My name is Laurie Passer, and I am looking for my brother, Arthur Pastor. He lives in the New Orleans area either in New Orleans or somewhere surrounding. If anyone has any kind of information on his whereabouts, phone number, I don’t have any information on him right now. So, if you could give me a call, my name is Laurie. My telephone number is 949 area code, 285-2554. That’s for Arthur Pastor. Thank you.”

“My name is Judy Landsey, I’m looking for my sister, Victoria Lenza, she lives in the French Quarter in New Orleans. She was last spoken to by telephone on Saturday. I do not know if she evacuated or if she waited out the storm. Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts or her safety, please contact me at (630) 202-6970. Thank you. ”

“My name is Christina Lagman. I reside in California. We’re looking for family around — both in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi. The surnames of family, is Lagman and bryant, If anyone has any information of both families. We’re missing approximately 50-plus family members. Please get a hold of us. Our family is very worried. You can contact us either by email at racechick99@aol.com. Or you call us directly at area code (951) 750-0104. Thank you very much. Any information will help. We do have houses, and assistance is available for our family. Please give us a call.”

“My name is Steve Saucier. I’m looking for my brother. My brother is Denis Saucier. His was last at this address — 4131C Loire Drive in Chateau Estates, which is a section of Kenner, Louisiana. Dennis is approximately six feet tall, about 220 pounds, 54 years of age. Gray or black hair, thinning. He recently suffered strokes, and his vision is impaired as a result. Could you please contact Steve at (828) 289-4404.”

“My name is Hilda White Singleton and I’m looking for my brother Arthur White, Edna White, August White Al White and my sister Gilda Cosby White and also, Ginell Sarin. From the night wall area. My brother was seen on the first clipping of CNN, the one on the roof with the green shirt. You can contact me at area code (972) 230-7070. Any information you could give me, I appreciate it. Thank you.”

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