Landslide victims identified in final Sunday briefing

The three individuals who are presumed dead in a landslide on Logan’s Island neighborhood were identified by police Sunday night.A mother, 43-year-old Jacqueline Leavey, and her two children, 13-year-old Victor Alanis and 12-year-old Abbey Alanis, are believed to be trapped under several tons of debris in what used to be a home at 915 E. Canyon Road. A canal break and landslide just before noon Saturday morning destroyed that home and damaged several others in the neighborhood.After a full day of searching Sunday, search officials said they found little inside the home other than a purse and a driver’s license for Leavey. The search will begin again at 9 a.m. Monday morning, Logan Public Works Director Mark Nielsen said. Nielsen is now in charge of recovery and landslide cleanup operations.Logan Police Chief Russ Roper, addressing the media at an 8:30 p.m. briefing Sunday night, said the search will continue vigorously to find Leavey and her two children so they can bring closure to other family members.”We’re doing everything we can to try and bring some closure to this situation for them,” Roper said. “We’re going to get some rest this evening and start in the morning.”Roper said he’d spoken with family members of Leavey and the two Alanis children and they were “doing as well as can be expected.””Our hearts go out to them,” Roper said. Nielsen described the conditions surrounding the home as still being dicey, saying excavation crews are still about 15 feet away from reaching the floor of the home.”We have started digging behind at the edge of the house, the back of the house,” Nielsen said. “The excavation is going to slow for a while.”When crews start excavating again Monday morning, they will work from behind the home, south toward the house and eventually into what used to be the structure.

<a href=”http://podcast.cachevalleydaily.com/Mark%20Neilsen%20briefing.m4a”>The full 8:30 p.m. press conference can be heard by clicking here.</a>

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