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Man Waits Desperately To Hear From Family In Philippines

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by Adam Ghassemi

GALLATIN, Tenn. These days you won't find William Talley far from his computer. He's searching for any word on his wife, Rosa, or their three-year-old daughter, Wilrose, who is normally thrilled to talk to him from their home in the Philippines.

"I miss her dearly," Talley said Thursday. "I've been staring and staring for hours, you know. My eyes hurt from staring at the computer so long."

Talley last spoke to them on November 2 well before Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation across the Philippines while killing a confirmed 2,357 people, with that number expected to rise.

"The way the houses were built. The way the shelters were built. There was nowhere for them to go," Talley said of the country.

Talley is guessing Rosa and Wilrose were evacuated from the small island where they live to the coastal city of Guiuan, but that's where the trail goes cold.

"The schools and the city hall were flattened," he said. "I've called, stared at the web pages, looked at the pictures, everything just searching for proof of life."

Thursday, the USS George Washington arrived in the region to assess the damage and provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced out of their homes.

Talley, who is an American, moved to the Philippines after meeting Rosa online. They since married, had Wilrose and built a home.

He said he left them behind four-months ago to return to the U.S. because of his knee, which got crushed a few years ago while Talley was working as a firefighter. Since he is on disability, his plan was to get surgery, but Haiyan interrupted those plans.

Now he has no idea how to contact them, or where they could be.

"I have no list of names, nothing," he said. "Supposedly they were evacuated, supposedly everybody was evacuated."

Talley said he has been able to reach a few of his wife's family members, but still has no confirmation Rosa and Wilrose are ok.  He said he actually grew up homeless, and prays his own child doesn't have to live that way now when he's thousands of miles away.

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