But she hesitated.
“At first, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I wanted to respect my mother’s privacy,” Tunis, whose mother was still among the missing amid the fires, told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “I didn’t want to spread her all over the place.”
She soon realized that was exactly what she wanted to do. She joined the dozens of people posting heartfelt pleas like “Looking for my Grandpa Robert,” ”We are looking for our mother Norma,” or “I can’t find my mom,” with hopes they are just out of touch and not among the dead. The increasingly familiar ritual was seen with recent hurricanes Harvey, Rita and Maria and after last week’s Las Vegas shooting.
她很快就意识到这正是她想做的事。她加入了发帖人的诚挚恳求“寻找我的几十Grandpa Robert,“我们正在寻找我们的母亲诺玛,”或者“我找不到我的妈妈,“希望他们只是脱节和不死者。在最近的飓风哈维、丽塔和玛丽亚以及上周拉斯维加斯枪击事件之后,人们越来越熟悉这种仪式。
Nearly 200 people were reported missing, though authorities say many are believed to be safe just unable to communicate with friends and family because of downed communication lines in the fire areas.
Tunis posted a picture of her mother smiling at a café with the caption, “Does anyone know if Journey’s End Mobile Home Park got evacuated before it burned down? I can’t find my mom, Linda Tunis.”
Tunis贴出了一张她妈妈在咖啡馆微笑的照片,上面写着:“有谁知道在移动之前,移动的终点移动家园公园是否已经撤离?我找不到我妈妈了,Linda Tunis。”
Most, including the owner of the trailer park and residents who talked to the AP, believe everyone did, in fact, get out before it burned to the ground. But Linda Tunis is still missing.
大多数人,包括拖车停车场的业主和与美联社谈话的居民,相信每个人都会在被火烧到地下之前离开。但是Linda Tunis仍然不见了。
“I’ve called the coroner. I’ve called every hospital. There are no Jane Does, which is amazing that they know who everyone is,” Tunis said. “I’ve called burn units, I’ve called everywhere.”
Jessica Tunis’ post spawned well over 100 comments, most from strangers. Some gave suggestions of places to look or call. Many just gave good wishes and prayers, then came back to ask for updates. Others took it as an assignment.
“I’ve had people going to shelters for me because of Facebook,” Tunis said. “It does help. For sure. Anything helps.”
It’s only drawback, she said, has been false reports and false hope.

“One person messaged me that they saw her,” Tunis said, “they said she was looking at her phone. I knew that wasn’t her. You get your hopes up for a split second.”
Tunis said the online support has given her hope, but can’t stop thinking that her mother might have been missed during the evacuation.
When her mom called to say her house was on fire before dawn Monday, Tunis screamed repeatedly for her to get out.
“She said ‘I can’t get out. There’s fire at both doors. My house is on fire.’ She just kept saying ‘fire,’ and coughing. She said ‘I’m going to die.’ Then the phone went dead.”
Jessica Tunis was not among the lucky ones whose loved ones turned up within hours or minutes after their Facebook posts.
“This is my grandma,” read a post by Mica Jennings. “We haven’t heard from her all day and have checked the shelters … with no luck.”
“这是我的奶奶,”读一职由Mica Jennings。”我们一整天都没收到她的信,还检查过收容所…运气不好。”
Then, a few hours later, the post was edited: “UPDATE: FOUND.”
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