Bodies of mudslide victims sought

LOGAN, Utah, July 13 (UPI) -- Officials in Logan, Utah, say they are hopeful they will recover the bodies of a mother and her two children buried in their home by a mudslide.

Logan Public Works Director Mark Nielsen told The Salt Lake Tribune the attempted removal of the bodies was postponed Sunday in the wake of Saturday's mudslide because of an unstable hillside by the family's home.


Jackeline Leavey, 43; her Victor Alanis, 13. and daughter Abbey Alanis, 12. are all suspected of dying in the mudslide that enveloped their home Saturday.

Debris, soil and trees have been removed from the area around the home to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts.

Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert said he has met with members of Leavey's family, who he said are still hopeful the three trapped individuals may have survived.

"We want to make sure that as a community we reach out to help them," Herbert said.

The Tribune said the mudslide prompted the evacuation of 15 local families, leaving those individuals to find shelter an American Red Cross site at a local church.

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