Two women missing in Nepal for weeks likely died in the deadly earthquake that rocked the Himalayan nation in late April, their families said in a statement Thursday.
“There are no words to describe the depths of our sorrow and loss,” said the Meola and Schumacher families.
Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19 and of Seattle, were hiking in the Langtang valley at the time of the quake. Meola’s parents are both graduates of Richland High School and she had family and friends in the Tri-Cities.
Will and Paul Schumacher, Sydney Schumacher’s brothers, recently returned from a trip to Nepal to search for the women. It was evident after the men “saw the immense and unfathomable destruction and devastation, it was clear that there was no chance our girls had survived.”
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The families had raised more than $51,000 through crowd-sourcing website IndieGoGo to help pay for search efforts.
“In due time we will announce our direction with donations made to our IndieGoGo, to aid the people and economy of the Langtang valley region in the names of our beautiful daughters,” the statement said.