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Originally published January 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM | Page modified January 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

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Port Orchard family hoping to hear from Haiti

A Port Orchard family is waiting and hoping to hear from their daughter in Haiti.

The Associated Press

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. —

A Port Orchard family is waiting and hoping to hear from their daughter in Haiti.

Mike and Mary Hightower fear that 22-year-old Molly Hightower is trapped in a building where she worked and lived. The building is a former hospital that served as a guest house, offices and school for Friends of the Orphans.

The group said Tuesday the building completely collapsed in the earthquake. A friend who escaped believes Molly was in her fifth-floor room when the quake hit.

Hightower is a 2005 graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma who majored in French at the University of Portland. She went to Haiti in June as a volunteer on a yearlong program to work with disabled children.

(with information from Tacoma News Tribune, Kitsap Sun)

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