Bodies of all three landslide victims recovered

The bodies of the three people buried in the debris of a home that was destroyed by Saturday’s landslide in the Island neighborhood were recovered Tuesday afternoon.Reading from a prepared statement at an afternoon press conference, a somber Logan Mayor Randy Watts announced that recovery crews had found the bodies of 43-year-old Jacqueline Leavey and 12-year-old Abbey Alanis, her daughter.About 90 minutes after the mayor’s 5:30 statement, technical rescue crews recovered the body of 13-year-old Victor Alanis.An announcement of the recovery of Victor’s body was made by distribution of a printed statement. You can hear Mayor Randy Watts’ earlier words by

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. Below is the complete transcript of his prepared statement:

<em>”First of all, out of respect for the family I will not be taking any questions, but will give a brief statement.You’ve heard from all of our different disciplines and there will be time later, after this day has passed, to further explore issues that may be remaining. But today, at this moment is not the appropriate time.As mayor of Logan City, and as a representative of the good people of this community, as well as its employees, I’m coming to the media to let you know I couldn’t be more proud of the people behind the scenes of this unfortunate tragedy. I will be forever grateful to our emergency responders, our public works personnel, the CERT team, our volunteers and everyone else who has in any way contributed to this operation.I would also like to thank the Bear River Health Department, Cache County, and the State of Utah for all of its support. The visit of Lt. Governor HErbert had a calming effect on the family, and our workers felt supported from the highest levels of government. I’m also grateful for the efforts of the Mt. Logan Stake and all of their congregations. They have truly stepped up to the plate by providing over 1,000 volunteers who have largely restored most of the impacted neighborhoods. As some of you may know, I lived for 25 years in the Island area, not more than a couple of doors down from this very spot. I love the people of this neighborhood like family and couldn’t be more proud of their concern for each other.It is with mixed feelings that I find it my duty to report that we have this afternoon recovered the bodies of Jacqueline Leavey the mother, and her daughter Abbey Alanis. The search continues for the second child, Victor Alanis. My mixed emotions are the result of gratitude that our workers were able to bring partial closure for the family, but that gratitude is certainly tempered by the pain we all feel for this family’s loss. Additional updates will be provided as warranted, please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as well as the safety of our workers as they continue recovery efforts on the site. Thank you.”</em>

The 7 p.m. statement released by Logan Public Information Officer Teresa Harris read:

<em>”First of all, out of respect for the family I will not be taking any questions, but will give a brief statement.At 5:30 p.m. this evening we reported that the bodies of Jacqueline Leavey the mother of the two children and her daughter Abbey Alanis had been recovered. At approximately 7:00 p.m. this evening the Technical rescue Crews located the body of Victor Alanis the son of Jacqueline Leavey. Again our deepest condolences to the family, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.”</em>

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