Christchurch earthquake: The missing

Ivy Jane Cabunilas. Photo / Supplied
Ivy Jane Cabunilas. Photo / Supplied

Some of the stories of people who have yet to be accounted for ...

SHAWN LUCAS

Shawn Lucas was believed to be in the CTV offices when the earthquake hit, where he worked as a sports director, producer and programming manager. His friend Richard Bool has been trying to find Mr Lucas. He said Mr Lucas' family were still hoping for a miracle. "They're still hanging on to what hope there is ... they're still keeping hopeful." Aden Shillito said on Facebook that his former CTV colleague was "a family guy and an extremely nice fellow". "He's been a solid part of the CTV family forever."

STEPHEN WRIGHT

Stephen Robert Wright worked for CTV as a marketing manager. He previously worked at Magnum Mac in Christchurch and also had a great love for nature photography. On his photography website, Mr Wright said he had a "passion to capture the landscape in its various moods". Patrick Imrutai worked with Mr Wright at Magnum Mac and said he was a "really, really kind and gentle" man.

Mr Wright lived on the Port Hills and travelled around the South Island at the weekends to take pictures.

DR ALLAN SINCLAIR

Allan Sinclair worked at a health clinic in the CTV building. He and other staff played an active role in a Salvation Army programme which helped people leaving prison to reintegrate back into the community. "He was very non-judgmental of people and their backgrounds, very supportive of them," programme organiser Glen Buckner said. "He was just very easy to work with, along with many staff at the clinic." He said Dr Sinclair was a gentle and compassionate man. He gained his medical degree at Manchester in 1988.

IVY JANE CABUNILAS

Ivy Jane Cabunilas was attending an English class at King's Education, in the CTV building. The 33-year-old nurse, originally from Consolacion town in the Philippines, was living in New Zealand with her husband and twin 11-year-old daughters. In an interview with the Cebu Daily News, Mrs Cabunilas' mother-in-law said she was processing a visa to fly to New Zealand to be by her son's side. "The twins can't stop crying. [They] keep saying, 'mummy is still there unconscious'," she said. "We're spending our own funds for the trip."

MARION HILBERS

Marion Hilbers was never home when you needed her - she was always out helping people, her friend Janette Clarke said. The mother of two worked as the receptionist at a medical practice called the Clinic in the collapsed CTV building. Ms Clarke said Ms Hilbers would do anything for anyone. "She was very dedicated to her boys, family and friends. She was really a selfless person." She said Ms Hilbers "sacrificed a lot" for her two sons Josh, 21, and Sam, 19. Sister-in-law Tracey Berry described her as loving and generous.

LALAINE AGATEP

Filipina Lalaine Agatep, 38, who was studying English in the CTV building, is described as "quiet" and had dreams of becoming a nurse. Her brother-in-law James Garcia and her sister Leila have returned to their home in Wellington after a trip to Christchurch to look for her. "We were told to just sit back and wait for a call," Mr Garcia said. He said there was nothing more he could do.

"We know she could have been at the King's Education Centre but we don't know where she stayed - which back-packer or hotel."

ERICA AVIR REYES NORA

The family of Erica Nora are still waiting for news about her. Miss Nora, who lived in Linwood and has family in Christchurch, is understood to be one of many Filipina nurses who were in the CTV building studying English at King's Education. Miss Nora's brother, Arturo Nora, made a desperate plea for news about his little sister on an online forum. "We, the whole family, are looking for you. Please respond to any of our text[s] or [communicate] if you have received any as soon as possible," he said.

- NZ Herald

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