AUSTIN (KXAN) - Friends and family of University of Texas graduate student LynnSelby, feared missing in Haiti, breathed huge sighs of reliefThursday night. A Facebook post and confirmation from stateofficials gave them reason to believe the 35-year-old is alive andwell.
"Last night I had to finally just shut the news off because Icouldn't see any more images," said Heather Teague, a good friendof Lynn's and fellow classmate.
Teague knew Lynn was in the country's capital doing research forher dissertation, but as of Thursday afternoon no one had heardfrom the anthropology student.
"We knew she had a background in medicine and public health, sowe were hoping we hadn't heard from her because she was out in thestreets helping," said Teague.
Thursday night just before 6 p.m. the following Facebookpost popped up:
"Lynn is ok with minor injury. I'm a friend in Haiti and just saw her at the US Embassy. She's trying to get evacuated."
Lynn's good friend, and former UT student Mike Werckle spottedthe message and figured she gave someone in Haiti her username andpassword to post the update so many had been waiting to read.
Werckle called Selby's sister in California to pass thepromising message along. The student's family had also receivedword from someone with the state that Lynn had been spotted in goodcondition.
"She had minor injuries, and the injuries were minor enough thatI guess the first thing Lynn did was volunteer for search andrescue," said Werckel.
The news was not surprising to those who know Lynn well, andknow her passion for the people there. The 35-year-old lived inHaiti as a young girl for her father's job, and she is fluent inHaitian Creole.
Classmates who studied with her said Lynn has been working withwomen in health clinics in Port-au-Prince since 2008, and alsoteaching computer skills.
Teague and Werckle waited for responses after posting Lynn'sphoto and address on CNN'siReport. Concerns about her safety spread from one Twitter pageto another, as follower after follower passed the posts along,hoping the messages would reach Haiti.
Now that fear of the worst is over for Lynn's circle offamily and friends, their hearts still go out to those who stilllong for answers.
"She's of course one of hundreds of thousands who are in thisposition," said Teague. 'It's very difficult."
Lynn is expected to evacuate from Port-au-Prince in the nextseveral days. As of Thursday evening, family was still waiting tohear from Lynn's roommate from the University of Chicago.
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