So this is what we know now. Transmission of information in and out of Jacmel has been, in Ann McGarrell's words, "insanely difficult". She tells of bad phone connections; people who only speak Kreyol speaking to people who only speak English speaking to people who only speak French. But she spoke to Sue earlier tonight and this is what we now know.
Sue was never at the Jacmel airport. Neither were Flo's remains. His body is still beneath the same pile of rubble and Sue is still by his side, camping out there. She will not leave without Flo's body. The UN is currently digging him out, and they are three feet away from succeeding. They have stopped for the night and will continue in the morning. Then the UN will take them to the airport, and they will travel onward to Miami on either a State Department or military plane. Once there Sue will FINALLY be able to cremate Flo's body, and members of the McGarrell family will meet her there to collect the cremains.
Both Sue and the McGarrell and Frame families have had to incur a lot of expenses. Sue had to buy Flo's body bag and, because of wrong information, someone (not sure who?) had to put up thousands of dollars for a temporary tomb that was never used. There will also be travel expenses for both the Frame and McGarrell families, funeral expenses, and various miscellaneous expenses along the way (I imagine that their phone bills will be huge). And, clearly, Flo needs an awesome memorial. We need to do something about this, obviously. Can we set up a fund at local banks in our respective cities?
This is obviously horrifying, the whole thing- how it's played out, how long it's taken, the taxing circumstances, the sense of relief being taken away time and time again. I know we have all been sending emails, making calls, et cetera but now is really the time for action. I need people who are skilled at fundraising via banks to get in touch with me, as well as people who are skilled with press releases and whatnot.
I know this sounds like horrible news, but Ann tells me it's actually perfect. Flo's body has been safe from, as she puts it, "human predators". So rest tonight knowing that there is a plan in place, and that there is SO much work left for us to do starting when we wake up first thing tomorrow.