Oregonians trapped in Peru due to coronavirus

Dene Benton said her friend Holly Marie-Cook, from Oregon City, has been trapped in Peru since March 12 with her son Phoenix.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 11:36 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 2:32 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield woman is asking the public's help to get the word out about her friend, a fellow Oregonian, trapped in Cusco, Peru, because of the coronavirus.

Dene Benton said her friend Holly Marie-Cook, from Oregon City, has been trapped in Peru since March 12 with her son Phoenix. Marie-Cook told Benton she and Phoenix have been stuck inside their residence, unable to leave to get food or water. She said police are patrolling the streets, keeping everyone indoors.

They have been living off two eggs a day and rationed water. Benton said she and others have been reaching out to Oregon's congressional representatives for help but have not heard back.

"She's making the best of a situation that she didn't foresee," Benton said. "I wouldn't say its necessarily bad because they are all in good health. They're doing okay that way. But give it a week, give it two weeks, we don't know that."

Benton said she is hoping Marie-Cook will be rescued soon because winter is approaching and the two are using a single space heater to stay warm.

The U.S. State Department said they are working overtime to evacuate thousands of Americans trapped overseas. However, one senior official at the department told ABC News they cannot guarantee they will be able to reach every American.

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