American Families Wait for Information on Missing Loved Ones After Brussels Attacks
American families are still waiting to hear information on their loved ones that have been missing since the Brussels attacks on March 22.
Among the unaccounted for is couple Justin and Stephanie Shults. They had dropped off Stephanie’s mother at the airport when the attacks began.
The U.S. State Department had told the mother of Justin, Shelia, that they were safe. According to ABC News, she said she then received a phone call from a social worker in Belgium who said the couple was still missing.
She “wanted to know where I received this news, and that info was not correct, and wanted to make sure whoever has been reporting this on social media and the news, to take it down,” Shelia told ABC News.
Meanwhile, she said she planned on flying from Atlanta to Belgium to help with the couple’s search.
The company that Stephanie works for, Mars Inc., also tried to get information through a Facebook post.
A brother and sister from New York are also missing. According to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski were at the Brussels airport when the attacks happened.
While the siblings called to check in with a family member, the relative heard an explosion and glass breaking before the line cut off.
They were not heard from since.
Sascha’s best friend, Alex Kneeshaw, said the “news breaks my heart beyond belief.”
“I have known the Pinczowskis for over 15 years,” said Kneeshaw to the New York Daily News.
“We lived in Germany together where I met the whole family and have been a part of it ever since. She is the kindest, goofiest, and down-to-Earth girl I have ever met,” Kneeshaw added.
A woman in Georgia is also desperately looking for her boyfriend, Bart Migom.
According to CNN, Migom texted his girlfriend Emily Eisenman when he was on his way to the airport. She was expecting him to send him a picture of his boarding pass, but he never communicated again.
She said she calls his phone, but there is no answer.
“These last two days have been something I never thought I would feel”, Eisenman told CNN.
“It’s been the worst days of my life. I just … I guess I didn’t know how much one person can love another until, until you just don’t know where they are at. I’m just hoping for a sign of some sort that he is OK,” she added.
The attacks in Brussels that were perpetrated by three suicide bombers killed 34 and injured 270. Bombs went off in the Brussels airport and metro system. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks shortly afterwards.