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Jan 27, 2010 2:08 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Wife holds out hope for husband missing in Haiti

More than two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti buried Colorado Springs resident and Compassion International worker David Hames in the rubble of the Hotel Montana, his wife Renee has released a statement:

More than two weeks ago my husband (David Hames) was trapped in the lobby at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince. My heart aches terribly as the days go by, but my faith tells me anything is possible-including that David is alive...

David was last seen about twenty feet from the elevator shaft where Dan Woolley was rescued, and two days ago they recovered the tripod he had been carrying when the earthquake began. The tripod is dusty but not broken. Along with his tripod, we know David was carrying his backpack, and his pack probably had water and granola bars inside. We also know the rescue teams are still finding voids in the hotel.

The ground opened up around Dan and David at the time of the quake, but even though they've rescued Dan and found David's tripod, we still don't know where my husband is. My hope and prayer is that he is in one of these pockets in the basement, using his resources to survive.

David Hames is my soul mate. He is kind and funny and his love for his family is unstoppable. David's heart is filled with joy for our two young boys, and they think the world of the man who gets down on the floor with them to wrestle, play tag, and play Star Wars.

Our boys and I can't fathom life without David in it, and the other families waiting for word on their loved ones at the Hotel Montana can't fathom life either without their husband, wife, or child.

The Bible says, "Be still and know that I am God." He is our God who provides beauty and joy even in the midst of devastation, and no matter what happens, my faith in Him will not be shaken.

Still I am asking government officials to continue searching the area where my husband's tripod was found to be certain that he is not trapped alive in a void. And I beg these officials to continue the rescue at the Hotel Montana until every missing person has been found.

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