Former 6 News anchor describes 'agony' of trying to reach family

Former 6 News anchor describes 'agony' of trying to reach family in Haiti

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"So, it's waiting, agony, not knowing if your loved one is alive or dead is agonizing. It's agonizing," Maggie Martin says. "So, it's waiting, agony, not knowing if your loved one is alive or dead is agonizing. It's agonizing," Maggie Martin says.

By TEARSA SMITH
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Former 6 News Anchor Maggie Poteaux, now Maggie Martin, was born in Haiti and has several family members who are victims of this week's 7.0 earthquake.

6 News spoke with her Friday about not being able to contact some of her family and the process of searching for loved ones.

"Imagine if you lost your child or didn't know where they were? Where she was?" Martin asks.

"Wouldn't you do everything and anything in your power to try and locate them?"

"That's kind of where it is. My aunts and uncles are besides themselves. All we can do is watch CNN and listen to streaming radio out of New York."

"And you hear stories, but in hearing stories, you might hear something from someone about an area where your family lived and you get some hope or just a better picture or understanding that an area was completely devastated or some people were able to survive."

"Only people who have the Internet in Haiti, that's the only way to get information right now."

"I mean, you can go on CNN. I've joined the CNN Haiti group and, you know, you're trying to get information, but, with no cell phones. You have cell phone numbers, but that's not helping."

"There are hotlines for American citizens. We've given information to the American Red Cross."

"So, it's waiting, agony, not knowing if your loved one is alive or dead is agonizing. It's agonizing."

Martin has spoken with a couple family members, but has many more who are unaccounted for.

She says her uncle lost both of his feet in the earthquake and was taken to a hospital in Port-au-Prince, but reports say it later collapsed.

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