Paraguay's first lady's family missing after skyscraper collapsed near Miami Beach

Paraguay’s first lady’s family missing after skyscraper collapsed near Miami Beach

Relatives of Paraguay’s first lady were among dozens of people missing Thursday after a condominium skyscraper partially collapsed near Miami Beach, South American officials said.

More than 50 people were missing Thursday afternoon after the building collapsed, leaving at least one dead and 10 others injured, officials said.

Euclides Acevedo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, said in interviews Thursday that members of the family of President Mario Abdo Benítez were among those missing. They have been identified as Sophia López Moreira, the sister of the first lady Silvana López Moreira, and her husband Luis Pettengill. Their three children and Lady Luna Villalba, a worker accompanying the family, were also missing, Acevedo said.

Paraguay’s First Lady Silvana Lopez Moreira stands next to her husband, President Mario Abdo Benitez, at the Palacio de Lopez in Asuncion in 2019.Jorge Saenz / AP dossier

The minister said the consul was “frantically” trying to make contact and authorities “went through all Miami hospitals.”

The Paraguayan foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website that it was monitoring the situation and that six Paraguayans were among those missing: Luis Pettengill, Sophia López Moreira, Lady Luna Villalba and three children.