[UPDATE: 11-12-13] NewsWatch12 received a call in the overnight hours that Debbie Dulcich’s brother has survived the massive storm. He was in the hard-hit area of Tacloban when the storm hit, but he and his wife were able to get on a plane out of the city to Manila.
[PREVIOUS STORY] GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Maps and photographs of the devastation in the Philippines are all Debbie Dulcich can think about since Typhoon Haiyan hit Friday. She comes from a family with strong ties to the military and spent this Veterans Day thinking about her brother.
Her brother, Lew Duke, retired in the pacific after more than 20 years in the military and lived right in the path of Typhoon Haiyan, and Dulcich is searching to see if he has made it out safe. Duke lives in Tacloban with his wife and her family. Since the storm hit, she hasn’t heard from him.
“He’s an internet geek. So if there’s any way to get ahold of us, he would have by now, I just believe that, “said Dulcich.
Duke has lived in the Philippines for more than 10 years, and although Dulcich said it isn’t uncommon to go months without hearing from him, she knows he would have reached out by now
“I’ve always yelled at him, I’m like ‘You go over there, you’re so far away from your family, there’s no way to contact you,’” said Dulcich.
Just one week before the storm hit, Duke did give her and other family members a call. She said he was telling her about a recent earthquake, but never mentioned the oncoming storm.
“They talked for a good half hour about, then I got on the phone with him and nothing was mentioned about the storm,” said Dulcich.
She said Duke is a big man, over 6 feet tall, lives in a two story home and runs an online business.
Although he may stick out in a crowd, Dulcich said he has embraced the culture. Dulcich has reached out to both the Red Cross and the embassy and is asking for help in contacting her brother.
“I just want to know that he’s okay and his wife and family. He’s my big brother and I love him,” said Dulcich
Dulcich feels she has exhausted the resources she knows of in her search for her brother Lew. She has asked if any viewers know of a way to get in contact or have come across a list of people who are safe, contact Rob Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the newsroom at (541) 779-9755.