The body of an 82-year-old woman who went missing after Hurricane Ian hit in late September was discovered this week in a mangrove forest near Fort Myers Beach, Florida, authorities said.
Elonka Kenz was one of the last two people to go missing in the wake of the devastation wrought by Ian, Carmine Marcino said at a news conference Thursday, and her remains were found on Tuesday “in the heart of the mangroves.” Which includes Fort Myers Beach.
He said that this discovery brings the number of Hurricane Ian victims in this province, the most affected, to 74.
Most of us felt like we were back to normal. For some, still without news of their loved ones, every day since the storm has been difficult,” commented Carmine Marcino, who confirmed that his services continued to search tirelessly for the last missing person.
He said that Ilonka Kniss’s body was identified through dental records. The coroner determined that she had drowned.
Her husband, Robert Kniss, 81, also died in the hurricane.
Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 hurricane when it hit the Florida coast, devastated Cuba first, continued its path over North Carolina.
And it killed more than a hundred people, according to the American media.