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Local sisters find out mom is alive in Philippines

7:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two local sisters find some hope after days of having no contact with their mother in the Philippines.

"I won't rest until I hear her voice," said Denise Estep.

Angel and Denise Estep have spent sleepless nights worrying about their mother.

"When we saw the severity of it [typhoon] and the intensity of the storm and its track, Angela and I, we just went into complete panic mode and it's been like an absolute nightmare. It's been the most horrific, exhausting, most scary situation I've ever been in my entire life," said Denise.

Delia Estep, 69, has been visiting family in the Philippines and staying in her home in Samar. But after the typhoon hit, her daughters have not heard from her again.

"I posted a picture of her on and I posted the link on my Facebook page and all of my Facebook friends have been posting it," said Angel Estep. 

After days of searching, an aunt posted on Facebook and said Delia is alive and well.

"I couldn't even respond right away. I just kept reading 'your mom is okay, your mom is okay,'" said Denise.

But the sisters still don't know who has seen or talked to their mother.

"We still have so many questions," said Denise.

"We just want 100 percent confirmation that she's alive and that she can come home," added Angel.

The Red Cross has crews on the ground helping with disaster relief and also tracking down family members.

"Red Cross volunteers are going to be looking through all the normal channels how to locate those individuals, but then what really happens is once they make that notification then they can come back to the states and say okay we found those individuals," said Christian Smith, Red Cross of Northeast Florida.

The Estep sisters still don't know when their mother will be back home.

First for you, The Red Cross recommends people who are trying to locate any U.S. citizens in the Philippines or Vietnam call the U.S. State Department at 1-888-407-4747.

If you are trying to locate a family member who is a citizen in the Philippines, you can call the local Red Cross chapter 904-358-8091 and staff members will collect information to open a case for your family member.

First Coast News

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