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Queens families search for relatives missing at Trade Center

When Kevin Howell, of Bayside, heard that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, he was in midtown Manhattan and could only think of his father Michael, who worked on the 93rd floor of Tower 1.

He hopped on the E train, which stopped on 14th Street. Bolting out of the subway, he ran the some 30 blocks to the World Trade Center and watched as the south tower disintegrated into a pile of dust. He did not know whether his father was trapped in the north tower or was one of the survivors.

Howell along with his mother Emily, his aunt and a cousin were just a few of the hundreds of family members and friends at the armory on Lexington Avenue and 25th Street hoping to find information on the victims of the terrorist attack

Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Giuliani set up a center in the armory for families of the missing, who were asked to bring dental records, photos, birth certificates and driver's licenses to help track their loved ones.

"I keep asking myself what are their chances? Emily said. "I pray either he made it out quick or was parking his car."

A distraught, shaking and crying Cathy Munoz, of Flushing, stood outside the armory, holding a picture of her husband Francisco, who was on the 97th Floor of the north tower, asking anyone who has information on him to call her.

"I spoke to him at 7 a.m. to tell him I was leaving for work," said the teacher at PS 14 in Corona. "He said see you later, and I love you."

If you have information on Michael Howell, please call 468-1919, on Francisco Munoz at 461-5805.

Other Queens families are looking for information about the following people who are missing: Marcus Neblet at 217-3989, Milie Hromada at 575-3879 and Nezam Hafiz at 641-5785. If you would like the name and contact information about a loved one missing in the World Trade Center attack printed on the web site please call 229-0300 Ext. 157.

Reach reporter Adam Kramer by e-mail at or call 229-0300, Ext. 157.

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