(CNN Spanish) — Colombian citizen Johanna Carolina Kap, who was in Turkey during the powerful earthquake, has died, as confirmed by her family and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This Wednesday, the family of the Colombian and the Foreign Ministry had affirmed that Kap would have been taken alive from the rubble of the hotel where she was staying for a university excursion to graduate as a tourist guide. The family and the Colombian embassy relied on information from the Union of Chambers of Tourist Guides (TUREB), who said that Johana Carolina had left the place where she was alive.
This Thursday, Nicolás Milllán, the Colombian’s nephew, confirmed to CNN en Español that Kap had died. According to what he told this outlet, on Wednesday Kap’s husband, Erhan, a Turkish citizen, was alerted to go to a hospital to identify a person, but it was not Johana Carolina.
“(Ehran) returned to the hotel and with an excavator they removed three bodies and (one) was my aunt’s,” Millán said in a conversation with CNN en Español.
The Foreign Ministry confirmed the death:
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is allowed to inform that after an extensive search, the authorities have confirmed the discovery of the Colombian Johanna Carolina Millán Velandia, who unfortunately died due to the earthquakes that affected that country.”
“Ambassador Julio Riaño has been and is in permanent communication with Erhan Kap, husband of the deceased compatriot, offering his full support in this painful circumstance. The diplomat will travel to Istanbul to accompany Mr. Erhan,” the statement added.
With information from Chuchi García, Carolina Melo and Paula Bravo from CNN en Español.