By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

State releases names of landslide dead and missing


November 29, 2023

Courtesy of Havalah Praise Photography

The Heller family had a portrait taken at Sandy Point in December of 2021. From left: Mara, Kara, Beth, Timothy and Derek.

State officials have released the names of the four people killed and two others still missing from the Nov. 20 landslide that hit just past 11-Mile Zimovia Highway.

As of Monday, Nov. 27, searchers had found the bodies of Timothy Heller, 44, his wife, Beth Heller, 36, and their daughters, Mara, 16, and Kara, 11.

Mara was a high school junior and Kara was in fifth grade.

Searchers found Mara's body the night of the slide, during the initial search operations by first responders able to reach the site. Crews found Timothy and Beth Heller the next day.

They found Kara on Saturday evening, Nov...

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