Essex woman feared dead in Haiti quake

RELATIVES of a missing Essex woman missing since the earthquake in Haiti have said they feared the worst.

RELATIVES of a missing Essex woman missing since the earthquake in Haiti have said they feared the worst.

United Nations worker Ann Barnes, 59, has been unaccounted for since the building she was in collapsed four days ago.

The death toll from the quake could be as high as 200,000 according to the Haiti government, but it is thought millions more have been injured, orphaned or made homeless.

Irene Marquet said she believed her "wonderful" sister, who is originally from Leigh-on-Sea, was buried among the rubble of the UN's headquarters, where she is a personal assistant to the UN police commissioner.


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She said: "There's been absolutely no trace, which is horrendous.

"One wants to remain hopeful but it gets more and more difficult as time goes on.

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"All I know is that at the time of the earthquake, she was on the second floor of the main building.

"She must be still there in the rubble which is an awful thing to know.''

When asked whether she feared the worst, Mrs Marquet said: "Absolutely.''

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