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Jessica Urbano's Family Urge Public Not To Spread 'False Hope' About Child Missing After Grenfell Tower Fire

Unsubstantiated stories are being spread about her whereabouts.

18/06/2017 11:12

The family of a missing 12-year-old girl who is missing following the Grenfell Tower fire has urged the public not to spread unsubstantiated stories about her whereabouts.

Loved ones searching for Jessica Urbano have put up dozens of posters around west London appealing for information about the child’s whereabouts.

But missing posters bearing her photo have been scrawled with messages saying she is still alive.

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Water is sprayed on Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning.

In a video posted online, a volunteer organising supplies for the victims announced to a group of helpers through a loudspeaker that Jessica had been found in hospital in a “smoke-induced coma”, but her family said this is not the case, the Press Association reports.

Actor Noel Clarke took to Twitter to debunk the rumours, saying he was “speaking for Jessica’s Family” in saying she had not yet been found.

“The family are distressed by this false hope,” he wrote.

“They are still waiting for official news, no matter what the outcome.”

Jessica’s mother was coming home from work when her daughter called her to say there was a fire in the building.

Adriana Urbano told The Telegraph: “Jessica had been asleep in our flat when something woke her - I don’t know if it was the smoke or a fire alarm - so she rang me at 1.39am as I was on my way home from work.

“She said ‘Mum where are you? Mummy come and get me’.”

Her mother urged her to run out of the building as quickly as she could before the phone line cut out.

Jessica was on the 20th floor of the 24-storey high-rise when the fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

  • Deborah Lamprell
    Facebook
    Lamprell, 45, is believed to have lived on the 19th floor. 
  • Ligaya Moore
    Handout . / Reuters
    The Philippine Embassy of the UK is appealing for information about Ligaya Moore, 79, who lived on the 21st floor 
  • Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65
    Facebook
    Maria Del Pilar Burton, 65, and her husband Nicholas were caught up in the blaze. Nicholas has regained consciousness and has appealed for help to trace his wife. He is certain she got out of the building. Maria has Alzheimer’s. 
  • Nadia Choucair, 33
    Twitter
    The teaching assistant was in a flat on an upper floor with her husband Bassam, and three daughters, aged 3, 10 and 13. Nadia's mouther Sirria is also missing. 
  • Yasin El-Wahabi, 21 and family
    Twitter
    Yasin El-Wahabi, his sister Nurhuda and their eight-year-old sibling Mehdi are missing along with their parents Abdul, 52 and Fouzia, 42, Otman Boujettif told the Evening Standard. 

    A family member told the newspaper: “We fear they have all been wiped out.” It is believed the family lived on one of the upper floors of the tower.  
  • Hamid Kani, 61
    Twitter
    Iranian Hamid Kani, 61, lived on the 15th floor of the tower block. 
  • Dennis Murphy
    Facebook
    Stevan Racz shared a picture of his uncle Dennis Murphy, saying he called his family saying he was trapped on the 14th floor during the blaze. 
  • Raymond ‘Moses’ Bernard, 65
    Kritchanut via Getty Images
    A family friend confirmed to the Press Association that Raymond Bernard, 65, known to his friends as Moses, is missing.

    He had lived in Grenfell Tower since at least 2003. A 53-year-old woman called Karen Bernard is also registered to the same apartment. 
  • Husna Begum, 22, Abdul Hanif, 25
    Twitter
    Husna, her brother Abdul Hanif , their sibling Abdul Hamid, 28, mother Rabiya Begum and grandfather Komru Miah, 90, are missing 
  • Sheila Smith, 84
    Twitter
    Adam Smith tweeted that his mother Sheila, aged 84, who lived on the 16th floor is missing. 
  • Isaac Shawo, 5
    Twitter
    Isaac became separated from his parents and little brother as the family tried to leave the building.

    His mother Genet Shawo told the Evening Standard: “I will not fear the worst, I am hoping and praying for him. He is a beautiful boy. He told us during the fire that he didn’t want us to die.”
  • Marjorie Vital, 67 and Ernie Vital, 43
    Twitter
    Marjorie and Ernie Vital, from the Dominican Republic, have lived on the 16th floor for more than 20 years. They have not been seen since the fire.  
  • Zainab Dean, 32, Jeremiah Dean, 2
    Twitter
    Francis Dean, 47, said his sister Zainab told him by telephone she had been told to stay in her 14th floor flat with her two-year-old son Jeremiah by firefighters. 

    Francis told the Telegraph he had not heard from her since and that he fears the worst. 
  • Noora Jamal and family
    Twitter
    Noora, along with her husband  Hashim Kidir and their children Firdaws Kidir, 11, Yahya Kidir, 13 and Yaqub Kidir, 6, are missing. 

    Hibo Yussuf told the Telegraph her friend Noora Jamal called one of her friends at around 2am and said: “Forgive me, the fire is here, I’m dying.” Yussuf added: “We’ve heard that Nora’s daughter is in hospital but hasn’t been able to get hold of her mum. Now we don’t know where she is or if she’s dead or alive.” 
  • Lucas James, 12
    Kritchanut via Getty Images
    A 16-year-old girl told the Telegraph she feared her younger brother may have been staying with a friend on the 17th floor of the block. 

    The teenager, who lived with her mother on the eight floor, said: “We cannot find him, we have been going around hospitals.”
  • Steven Power, 63
    Twitter
  • Farah Hamden, 23, Leena Belkadi, 6 months
    Twitter
    Farah Hamden, her husband Omar Belkadi and their six-month-old daughter Leena are reportedly missing.

    The couple’s daughters Tazmin, 6, and Malek, 8, are recovering in hospital after being rescued from close to the top of the tower. Family relative Adel Chaoui told the Telegraph one of the children is a coma and the other is sedated. 
  • Mary Mendy, 53
    Facebook
    Mendy is the mother of artist Khadija Saye, thought to have died in the blaze,  and is registered as having lived in on the 17th floor of the building for at least 20 years. 
  • Rania Ibrham, 30
    Facebook/ Rania Ibrham
    The mother-of-two sent a message to a friend begging for help but neither she nor her children aged five and three have been seen since the blaze.

    A Facebook Live video was posted on her account that revealed her fearfully venturing into the hallway and urging other residents to come into her apartment for safety. She can be heard murmuring frantic prayers throughout and is heard to say (in Arabic): “There’s fire and smoke from beneath and above. See all the smoke above us.” 

    Ibrham, whose position on her Facebook page is listed as executive director at a Saudi Arabian charity, can be heard uttering reassurances to her family but also asking how they are supposed to get out of the building. 
  • Mariem Elgwahry, 27
    Mariem Elgwahry, 27, was on the 19th floor of the building and has been missing since news of the blaze broke. Her mother, Suhar, is also unaccounted for. 
  • Briti Habtom, 35 and her son Briuk, 12
    HuffPost UK
  • Mohamed ‘Saber’ Neda, 57
    SWNS
    Neda’s family say he urged his wife Shakila, 45 and son Farhad, 24, to flee the blaze, but was unable to join them because he was injured. He was last seen on the stairwell injured and helping neighbours. He and his family lived in a top floor flat. 
  • Ali Yawar Jafari, 82
    Twitter
    The pensioner has been confirmed as missing by his family. He lived on the 11th floor of the building. He has a heart condition and had difficulty walking. 
  • Mohamednur Tuccu, 44
    Red Consultancy
    Eritrean Mohamednur ‘Mo’ Tuccu is missing along with his wife Amalahmedin and their three-year-old daughter. PR firm Red Consultancy tweeted that Tuccu, a colleague, had been visiting relatives on the 19th floor at Grenfell Tower when the fire occurred.
  • Hesham Rahman, 57
    Twitter
    Twitter user Noha posted a picture of her brother, adding he was living in a 20th floor flat. “He is still missing, please share,” she asked. 
  • Jessie Urbano, 12
    SWNS.com
    Ana Ospina tweeted: “My 12-year-old niece Jessie has become separated from her family in the #GrenfellTower fire please if you see her get in touch ASAP.”

    Another Twitter user named Sandra who purports to be the girl’s other aunt, tweeted a picture of her, asking for her to be sent to the Harrow Centre “where the family are waiting for her.”

    Urbano’s sister Melanie says the family received a call at 4am from someone claiming to have seen the teenager being put into an ambulance, but have not been able to confirm this despite calls to all of London’s hospitals. 
  • Marco Gottardi, 27, and Gloria Trevisan, 27
    Facebook/ Pamela Pizziolo
    Pamela Pizziolo has appealed for information about her cousin Marco and his girlfriend, who lived on the 23rd floor of the Grenfell Tower. She posted on Facebook: “I’m praying to God they make it out safely.”
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