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Family Says Body of Mass. Student Found In Haiti

BOSTON — The family of a college student from Rutland says her body has been found in Haiti, more than a month after the earthquake there.

Searchers discovered the body of Britney Gengel Sunday in the ruins of the Port-au-Prince hotel where she had been staying with other students from Florida’s Lynn University.

The students were in Haiti to work with the poor.

Britney’s mother, Cherylann, spoke to reporters Sunday.

“Our worst fear was that she was going to be in Haiti forever, and we didn’t want that,” she said. “As horrific as it as that we finally received the phone call, we’re glad that we did. We’re just going to be glad to have her back home here with us.”

Shortly after the earthquake, the Gengel family’s hopes were raised by a report that their daughter had been found alive, but that turned out to be inaccurate.

Britney Gengel’s funeral is planned for Saturday. She turned 20 in the month that she was missing.

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