Family Searches for Body of Utah Teen Killed in Tsunami

Family Searches for Body of Utah Teen Killed in Tsunami

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Family members of the Salt Lake City girl who died in the catastrophic tsunami are still trying to find her body.

Meanwhile, friends in Utah worked to find a charter flight to bring the Breisch family home.

Kali Breisch, 15, was confirmed dead Monday after her father and sister spotted her picture on a bulletin board posted by a morgue.

The board had been filled with pictures of tsunami victims so they could be recognized by relatives or rescuers. Cameras from ABC's Good Morning America were there when Kali's older sister, Shonti, recognized Kali from among the dozens of pictures. The footage was shown Monday on U.S. television.

Kali Breisch's father, Stuart Breisch, and Shonti had spent five days combing the country's beachside for the body of the high school sophomore.

The family was vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit Dec. 26. Kali and her brother, Jai, were in a bungalow on the beach that was knocked down by a huge wave, throwing the boy against a tree.

He was found and taken to the hospital, suffering from a deep cut on his leg and a separated shoulder. Kali had not been seen since.

Charlene Edmunds, a family friend, said a group was trying to make travel arrangements for the family. Jai needs a charter flight because of his injuries, she said.

Stuart Breisch's sister-in-law, Joni Glynn, said the Breisches are exhausted and ready to come home. They would like to bring Kali's remains with them, she said.

However, she said, "If they have to leave without Kali, they'll send her. The Thai people will take care of her."

The quake and the resulting wave has resulted in nearly 150,000 confirmed deaths in south Asia, but the number was expected to rise.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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