Family of couple missing in Florida condo collapse still getting calls

The household of the Florida grandparents missing in the aftermath of the Surfside building collapse instructed The Post Tuesday they’re still getting mysterious cellphone calls from the couple’s landline — at the least 20 for the reason that disaster.

Dianne Ohayon mentioned the household’s newest sliver of hope got here early Monday, when her youthful sister acquired a name from their dad and mom, Myriam and Arnie Notkin.

“They’re coming in every day,” Ohayon, 56, mentioned of the eerie calls.

“The last one I have knowledge about was Monday morning, a call came in at about 5:30 a.m. It was static. It’s the same thing every time.”

Ohayon mentioned her nephew, Jake Samuelson, has contacted a Surfside police detective to learn how calls to her sister’s landline can occur as late as 5 days after the couple’s condo constructing collapsed Thursday. Some 150 people are still unaccounted for, whereas 11 others have been confirmed useless.

Family members of Myriam Notkin with husband Arnie Notkin say call are still coming from their landline.
Family members of Myriam Notkin with husband Arnie Notkin say name are still coming from their landline.

“There’s nobody on the line and it’s just static,” recalled Ohayon, who mentioned she picked up one such name late Sunday. “And we wait and we just hang up because nothing changes.”

Ohayon mentioned a caller ID unit on her 48-year-old sister’s cellphone signifies that the calls are coming from her dad and mom’ line inside their condominium 302 in Champlain Towers South, the place the cellphone was subsequent to their mattress.

“My nephew went on camera to try and find answers, raise awareness and maybe find out if other family members in the building were also receiving calls,” Ohayon mentioned. “We were just not understanding what these phone calls were meaning. Maybe they were calling for help. We don’t know what they mean.”

It’s unclear the place the investigation into the calls stood Tuesday, Ohayon mentioned.

“We haven’t heard back,” she mentioned. “We’re just waiting to hear, we don’t know.”

Ohayon mentioned the household has gone to the constructing website and paid shut consideration to ongoing media briefings, however haven’t gotten any extra readability on the calls or the fates of the missing couple who’ve been married for 27 years. Arnie is 87 and Myriam is 81, Ohayon mentioned.

At least 20 calls in complete have been created from the couple’s landline for the reason that constructing collapsed, in accordance with Ohayon, who mentioned she personally answered one.

“We didn’t know what to think or what was going on,” she mentioned. “We’re just sitting and waiting. We feel hopeless at this point.”

Rescue personnel work at the scene of the partially collapsed Champlain South Towers condominium in Surfside, near Miami Beach, Florida.
Rescue personnel work on the scene of the partially collapsed Champlain South Towers condominium in Surfside, close to Miami Beach, Florida.
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Ohayon declined to offer her father or mother’s cellphone quantity, however mentioned each the couple and her youthful sister use AT&T as the phone supplier.

“They’re definitely being made,” Ohayon mentioned of the calls whereas referring to her nephew’s interview with WPLG exhibiting a go online the household’s Panasonic landline. “You can see the amount on the phone.”

Calls to the quantity Saturday have been met with a busy sign, WPLG reported.

Police in Surfside, the place Ohayon mentioned her nephew contacted relating to the unusual calls, referred The Post to cops in Miami-Dade County. Messages left with that company and reps for AT&T weren’t instantly returned Tuesday afternoon.

Dianne Ohayon (left) said the calls are "coming in every day" from her parents.
Dianne Ohayon (left) mentioned the calls are “coming in every day” from her dad and mom.
Myriam Notkin seen with her grandson Jake Samuelson.
Myriam Notkin seen along with her grandson Jake Samuelson.

Ohayon mentioned the household is making an attempt to remain constructive as they await extra info.

“We’re still waiting, every day,” she instructed The Post. “The days are long, but we’re still hopeful and we’re just waiting. Every day is the same process.”

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