‘Station nightclub all over again’: Cranston man searches desperately for Hawaiian uncle

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — As the death toll from the Hawaiian wildfires reaches 111 and counting, a Cranston man is searching desperately for his uncle — and will soon send DNA samples out to Maui.

Raymond Brisson has not heard from his uncle, 85-year-old Joseph Durante, over the past two weeks. He reached out to Maui Police who said Durante’s home had burnt down, and he was not there.

“I get a call from Maui Police, and they said, ‘We went to your uncle’s address, and we can’t locate him,'” said Brisson. “I have no information… I don’t know anything.”

Brisson told ABC 6 exclusively Thursday that an FBI Boston agent will come next week to collect his DNA and send it to Hawaii to help find his uncle.

He spent his high school years living with his uncle in Maui.

Brisson added, “The sky was so blue, the mountains were so green, and beautiful. The water was crystal clear blue!”

Two loved ones of Brisson died over 20 years ago in The Station nightclub fire.

“It’s like living the Station nightclub fire over again,” he said. “I don’t know how to deal with it anymore.”

Brisson and others continue to ask for Rhode Islanders’ help in the efforts roughly 5,000 miles away.
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