The mother of two Portland children who were swept out to sea last weekend said she is reeling from the tragedy but thanked those who have reached out to her with messages of support.
Jamie Stiles posted on Facebook that she and her family had received “an outpouring of love and support.”
Stiles is the mother of Lola and William Stiles. While the family was at the Oregon coast on Saturday, the children and their father, Jeremy Stiles, were on an off-beach trail near the Clatsop-Tillamook County line when a “sneaker wave” swept them into the ocean.
Jeremy Stiles, 47, was pulled out of the ocean and is recovering at a Seaside hospital. He is expected to survive. Lola, 7, was pulled out of the water but died later that day. William, 4, has not been found.
“I am not ok right now, but am in treatment and will reach my new normal someday,” Jamie Stiles wrote in the Facebook message Wednesday evening. “I have read every single comment and message sent our way and feel like each one adds a tiny drop of glue to my completely shattered heart.”
The Stiles family are Portland residents, and Lola was a first-grader at Northeast Portland’s Vestal Elementary School. The school is holding a vigil for the children on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.
A fundraiser has also been set up to help the family. As of Thursday morning, donations had topped $100,000.