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Last 98 victim of Florida condo collapse recovered, identified

The rescue team found and identified the last of 98 victims
15:36, 27 July 2021
Last 98 victim of Florida condo collapse recovered, identified Photo: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The process of identifying the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse has been completed, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference. 

The final missing person's family had been notified, according to local police. The remains belonged to 54 years old Estelle Hedaya.

Almost a month after the collapse, most of the debris was cleared so that the foundation of the building was exposed.

Cava said the police officers will continue to look for remains and personal items and sort through the pile to "be sure that all identifiable human remains are recovered."

The investigation determined that 97 people were reported missing in the collapse, one more victim died in the hospital never reported unaccounted for.
However, the death toll still could rise as there might be someone who wasn’t reported to be there.

The 40-year-old 12-story building collapsed on June 24 in Surfside, Florida. The condo tower that fell down in 11 seconds was built in 1981 and had 136 units, 80 of which were occupied. The safety report showed that it had waterproofing issues beneath the pool and cracking in the underground parking garage.