Florida family gets 16 calls from grandparents who remain unaccounted for in condo collapse

Clinging to a sliver of hope in the Surfside condo tower collapse, one family says it has received 16 calls from a landline belonging to their grandparents, who are among the 156 unaccounted for as rescuers continue to search the rubble.

Arnie and Myriam Notkin lived on the third floor Champlain Towers South Condos, the 12-story building that inexplicably collapsed early Thursday morning.

In the days since, their grandson, Jake Samuelson, said his mother has been receiving calls from the Notkins’ landline phone that they kept next to their bed.

“We are trying to rationalize what is happening here. We are trying to get answers,” Samuelson told WPLG.

Samuelson said his grandparents’ number has appeared on the caller ID of his mother’s phone 16 times since Thursday, according to WPLG. The first call reportedly came at 9:50 p.m. EDT on Thursday, nearly 20 hours after the building crashed to the ground.

But the calls were met with no human voices on the other end — only static, Samuelson told the outlet.

“We were all sitting there in the living room; my whole family, Diane, my mother,” he recalled. “We were just shocked, and we kind of thought nothing of it because we answered and it was static.”

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