WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two Americans, one of them a young aid worker related to a retired senior U.S. naval officer, are believed to be among those trapped in wreckage after Haiti’s earthquake.
The executive director of Haitian Ministries for the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., Emily Smack, says she believes two of the organization’s staff are trapped in their mission house. The house partially collapsed during the earthquake Tuesday.
Smack identified the staffers as the mission’s acting director, Jillian Thorp, and a management consultant, Charles Dietsch, who has been working with the ministry.
Thorp is the daughter-in-law of retired Rear Adm. Frank Thorp, who had been the Navy’s chief information officer.