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Brother of Miss DC Among Missing Marines

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    Haely Jardas (second from right) took home the crown, and title of Miss DC, on Sunday night. Here she is performing in the opening number with the 2015 pageant class at Arena Stage on June 14, 2015. Photo by Andy Jones

    The brother of the reigning Miss District of Columbia is one of the 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii.

    Rescuers have been searching for Cpl. Thomas Jardas, 22, of Fort Myers, Florida, since the crash late Thursday. None of the missing Marines have been found.

    Jardas is the younger brother of Haely Jardas, who represented the District in last year's Miss America pageant.

    The Miss D.C. Organization says in a statement that its thoughts and prayers are with Haely Jardas and her family.

    Miss D.C. executive director Tricia Lloyd says Haely Jardas flew home to Florida on Saturday to be with her family. The organization is asking that Jardas' privacy be respected.