Cassie Strattons husband says “this wasn’t the miracle we prayed for” following Surfside condo collapse
A Colorado man on Thursday said he is acknowledging the reality that there may be no miracle in the search for his missing wife, who hasn’t been seen in the two weeks following the collapse of a south Florida apartment building.
Cassondra Stratton was among the hundreds of people in the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, on June 24 when it partially collapsed.
Rescue officials on Wednesday said they would be ending search efforts in the wreckage, acknowledging that after nearly two weeks, survivors would not be found. The death toll from the building collapse reached 54 Wednesday night with as many as 86 people still unaccounted for.
Mike Stratton, Cassondra’s husband, said in a statement Thursday that “(h)earts around the world are breaking as friends and family accept the loss of a bright and kind soul with an adventurous spirit.”
“That spirit now lives in all our hearts as we will forever remember the love she gave and keep her memory alive in stories that make us laugh and smile,” he said in the statement. “This wasn’t the miracle we prayed for, but it was not for lack of trying by rescue crews whose tireless bravery will never be forgotten. On behalf of my sons, Matt and Sam, and Cassie’s daughter, Ariana, we want to thank everyone who reached out over the past two weeks to offer support, share a story and pray for Cassie. Your love means so much. Cass, we love you and are still hoping against hope.”
Reached Thursday, Stratton declined an interview request.
A Durango native, Mike Stratton has been deeply connected in Colorado’s Democratic political circles, once serving in the Democratic National Committee.
On June 24, Cassie and Mike were on the phone when she told him that she could see from her fourth-floor unit a hole appearing near the pool, The New York Times reported. The call then cut off as part of the building collapsed.
Florida officials said the mission after Wednesday will transition to recovery, and they expect to be sifting through the rubble for several weeks.
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