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A North Carolina thriller

Julie Swan’s group worked in the Lower Ninth Ward today.JulieSwan

That’s a predominantly African American area not far from one of the levees that failed. The death and destruction was so massive that many people have not been able to return.

Swan, 48, is a youth adviser on the trip. She’s a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goldsboro, N.C.

Her group spent much of the afternoon clearing an empty lot where a house stood before Hurricane Katrina. The house was destroyed. The group didn’t learn whether the homeowner survived.

Tall weeds covered the lot. The group discovered several household items among the weeds, including a pile of old record albums: the Eagles, Van Morrison, White Snake.

One teen wondered aloud about the possibility of finding an album of Michael Jackson’s, since his death has dominated headlines recently.

“Not only did we find a Michael Jackson album, we found ‘Thriller,'” Swan said.

Thriller holds the record for albums sold.