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California Armenian Woman Missing in Thailand

By Jenny Kiljian

Los Angeles resident Armine Kevorkian, 60, was vacationing at a beachfront resort in Khaolik, Thailand, when the tsunami hit on December 26, 2004.

Krikor Kevorkian and his family, who live in North Hollywood, Calif., are waiting on news of his sister’s whereabouts. Kevorkian has given a DNA sample to the US State Department so that they can identify his sister.

The family received a letter from the hotel manager, according to her niece Talin Kevorkian, saying that the bungalow Armine Kevorkian and her boyfriend Richard Morris, 63, were staying in was destroyed. The couple was sleeping at the time the giant wave came to shore.

Talin Kevorkian says her aunt liked to travel, and had been on a trip around the world since July. Armine Kevorkian contacted her family by e-mail once a month.

According to the Armenian Embassy in Washington, D., Armine Kevorkian is the only Armenian missing from the region.

One Russian-Armenian man was reportedly injured in Thailand and flown back to Russia for treatment, according to embassy spokesperson Haik Gugarats. He confirmed that no Armenians live in Madras, the capital of India’s Tamil Nadu state that was most affected by the tsunami. Gugarats confirmed that one man, the former caretaker of the Armenian Church in Madras, had recently moved to Calcutta and was unharmed.

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