Reported by Amanda Thomason | June 28, 2021
By now, most of us have seen the horrific aftermath of the Florida condo tower collapse: A rubble heap where a 13-story tower once stood, and over 150 people still missing.
Crews are working around the clock, looking for any signs of life amidst the rubble. Specialized teams from other countries have shown up to help, and friends and family wait for news as time passes and hope dwindles.
As they wait, some are sharing stories about loved ones who still have not been located. Mike Stratton, 66, had an especially haunting last exchange with his wife, 40-year-old Cassondra “Cassie” Billedeau-Stratton.Advertisement – story continues below
The Strattons have lived on the fourth floor of the residential high-rise for the past four years. The jet-setting couple is often traveling, busy with their respective jobs that often take them to other bustling cities.
Last Monday, Mike had to leave to Washington, D.C. for work. That was the last time he saw Cassie.
Early Thursday morning, Cassie called him in a panic.Advertisement – story continues below
“I was in Washington, on the phone with her when the whole thing happened, 1:30 a.m.,” Mike told NBC News.
Cassie explained that the pool — which was normally visible from the couple’s condo — had simply disappeared. In its place, a sinkhole.
She continued to explain how the building was shaking, and with that, the call cut off. The line went dead.
“It was 1:30 a.m., I’ll never, never forget that,” Mike reiterated to the Miami Herald.
YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THIS REPORT AT https://www.westernjournal.com/woman-missing-miami-condo-collapse-called-husband-saw-pool-turn-sinkhole-line-went-dead/
Amanda Thomason, Contributor
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she’s strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.