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Family Abandons Search For Utah Girl

Family Abandons Search For Utah Girl



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The family of a 15-year-old Utah girl missing in Thailand after the catastrophic tsunami has abandoned their search for the girl and gone to Bangkok to be with her 16-year-old brother, who was hurt in the disaster but is getting better.

The father and older sister of Kali Breisch had spent five days combing the country's beachside resort area of Khao Lak. But they broke off the search to be by brother Jai's side, leaving a DNA sample in case the Skyline High School student is found.

While they figure out how to return to Salt Lake City, they are checking hospitals in Bangkok to see if Kali was brought there.

The Breisch family was vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit on Dec. 26. Kali and Jai were in a bungalow at the Khao Lake Emerald Resort that was knocked down by a huge wave, throwing the boy against a tree. He was found and taken to the hospital, but Kali has not been seen since.

Stuart Breisch, his fiancÄee, Sally Nelson, of San Diego, and his daughter, Shonti, 18, were on a dive boat in the ocean and escaped injury.

Joni Glynn, Stuart's Breisch sister-in-law, said Jai's injuries were not as bad as initially thought. The teen suffered a deep laceration on his leg and a separated shoulder.

Back home, Glynn and other family members are also exhausted from the overwhelming publicity about the hunt for Kali. They are grateful for help but are hoping to find some quiet time.

"The family needs time to heal," Glynn said.

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

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