Grandparents Jake Samuelson has received at least 16 staticky calls from the landline of his grandparents Arnie and Myriam Notkin, who are among the missing residents of Champlain Towers South. Facebook

Grandson of couple missing in Florida bldg collapse getting calls from landline

June 29, 2021 People's Tonight 252 views

A MAN whose grandparents are unaccounted for following the Florida building collapse says he has been getting bombarded with eerie and mysterious calls from the landline inside their sunken condo, according to a report.

Jake Samuelson told local outlet WBLG that he has received at least 16 calls from the number of his missing grandparents, Arnie and Myriam Notkin.

When he answered the phone, he heard nothing but static each time, the report said.

“We are trying to rationalize what is happening here, we are trying to get answers,” Samuelson told the TV station.

He said the first call came on Thursday night, hours after the early-morning disaster that has left at least five people dead and dozens unaccounted for.

“We were all sitting there in the living room, my whole family, Diane, my mother, and we were just shocked,” Samuelson told the outlet. “We kind of thought nothing of it because we answered, and it was static.”

His grandparents, both in their 80s, live in apartment 302 in the Champlain Towers South, and their landline phone usually sits right next to their bed, according to the report.

Over 150 people are reportedly missing following the collapse at Champlain Towers South in Florida.Over 150 people are reportedly missing following the collapse at Champlain Towers South in Florida.AP
On Friday, Samuelson said his family received 15 more unexplained calls from the number, the station reported.

The family is now waiting to hear from detectives about the bizarre and gut-wrenching calls, Samuelson added.

His grandfather Arnie, 87, is known as a beloved physical education teacher and Myriam, 81, is a banker and real estate agent, the outlet said.

North Miami Beach Commissioner Fortuna Smukler, who grew up with the Notkins’ three daughters, told the Miami Herald that she began losing hope when she learned that the couple lived in apartment No. 302.

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“At this point it would be a miracle … we’re hoping for a miracle,” she said.

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