The president of Paraguay’s sister-in-law and her family are among the 99 people currently unaccounted for in Miami after the 12-story apartment building collapsed overnight – as families desperately await news of their loved ones.  

Sophia López Moreira, the sister of Paraguay’s first lady, is missing along with her husband Luis Pattengil and their three children in the Miami collapse.

Sophia López Moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and their three young children are still missing, Paraguay’s foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday. 

The family were reportedly in Miami getting Covid-19 vaccines and had gotten the shots hours before the building collapsed around 1.30 am on Thursday.

The family owns a condo inside the Champlain Towers South building that collapsed.

Sister-In-Law Of Paraguay’s President Missing After Condo Collapse

Police said that 99 people linked to the building are unaccounted for and that 102 others have since been marked as safe.

As of Thursday afternoon, rescue crews were able to pull 35 people from the rubble, and rescue missions are ongoing.

Authorities fear that many more people will be seriously injured or dead as they continue to sift through the wreckage.

More than 100 people were gathered at a family reunification center by Thursday morning as they waited to hear news of family and friends.

It’s not clear at this time what caused the building to collapse, but engineers will look into the cause when the search and rescue effort concludes.

By Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore / THE SUN

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