Model missing in Miami tower collapse ‘phoned husband screaming about sinkhole’

A model who is still missing since the Miami tower collapse called her husband and "screamed bloody murder" seconds before the incident – after spotting a sinkhole where the pool was supposed to be.

Cassondra Billedeau-Stratton said in a phone call with her husband Mike Stratton that she had seen a sinkhole where their pool used to be before the line cut out.

Mr Stratton, 66, told The Miami Herald that he would "never forget" the phone call as his wife screamed about a sinkhole moments after feeling a sudden shaking from her fourth-floor balcony.

The political strategist – who was in Denver at the time – told the Washington Post that she screamed that she had seen the pool deck cave in and "then the phone went dead."

He told his sister-in-law: "She screamed bloody murder and that was it."

Cassondra has worked as an actress, model and Pilates instructor, bringing "a vivacious love of life to everything she does," her husband said in a statement.

He described her as "a wife, mother and true friend to so many" as he told KMGH-TV that he and his wife spent much of their time during the coronavirus pandemic in the condo they have owned for four years.

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Her sister, Ashley Dean, claims she had a feeling something was wrong as Cassondra had complained about water damage in the condo just days before the incident. She is finding it hard to hope that her sister will come back to her.

She said: "I want to have hope but I'm a realist. I don't want to hold on to false dreams."

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Cassondra is among the 151 people who are missing after the 12-story condominium building in suburban Miami collapsed early Thursday morning. Ten deaths have been confirmed so far, Mail Online reports.

Structural engineer, Jason Borden, who inspected the Champlain Towers last year told CNN that the hole witnessed by Billedeau-Stratton 'definitely' could have been a factor in the sudden collapse.

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He said: "You know they are maintaining their buildings. Personally, I am confident in the stability of those buildings because I've been closely involved with Champlain Towers East."

He added that he had seen cracks and deterioration when he inspected Champlain Towers South last year but was not alarmed as it was typical of buildings of that age that are on the coast.

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