The Alaska Department of Public Safety has announced the names of people still missing after the Nov. 20 landslide in the Southeast Alaska community. Three Alaskans remain missing:
- 65-year-old Otto “Ottie” Florschutz
- 12-year-old Derek Heller
- 11-year-old Kara Heller
Three Alaskans were located deceased:
- 44-year-old Timothy Heller (located 11/21/23)
- 36-year-old Beth Heller (located 11/21/23)
- 16-year-old Mara Heller (located 11/20/23)
The landslide, which was unexpected, occurred at about Mile 11 of Zimovia Highway on Monday evening, taking out three homes in what was a 450-foot-wide mud and debris field. Rain and wind in the area had been intense in the previous several hour, with as much as three inches of rain falling in some areas.
Searchers conducted three separate active search efforts after determining what areas of the slide zone were safe for rescuers to work in.