Miami-Dade police to take over search efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse site

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By Aya Elamroussi, CNN

Firefighters are turning implicit the hunt and betterment efforts astatine the Surfside condo gathering collapse to the Miami-Dade Police Department, officials said Friday.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had been successful complaint astatine the tract of the now-leveled residential gathering successful the South Florida community. But that is present changing, according to a quality merchandise from Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s office, allowing the constabulary section to measurement successful fully.

“The cognition is ongoing, and MDPD is continuing to hunt the debris heap some for quality remains and for idiosyncratic items until they person completed a afloat further hunt of the debris,” the quality merchandise said.

So far, officials person identified 97 victims who died successful the collapse. Of those victims, 96 were recovered from the illness tract and 1 died successful the hospital, Miami-Dade County officials said Wednesday.

The astir caller unfortunate was identified arsenic 58-year-old Linda March. The region said it believes determination is inactive 1 victim.

It hasn’t named the person, but connected Friday, the household of Estelle Hedaya, 54, told CNN she is the last victim.

“The pugnacious portion is seeing my parents similar this, time aft day,” her brother, Ikey Hedaya, told CNN. “I conscionable privation my sister to beryllium astatine bid and get the grant and respect she deserves.”

Firefighters were superheroes, politician says

Part of the Champlain Towers South crumbled successful the aboriginal greeting hours of June 24 portion galore of the residents were sleeping. Some residents described the panic of feeling the rumbling and seeing the cracks successful the walls. Others did not marque it out.

The politician noted that Miami-Dade firefighters person been connected the country since that morning.

“They are existent superheroes who person stepped up to service this assemblage successful the aftermath of unprecedented catastrophe — not conscionable by starring the hunt and rescue and betterment cognition but done the attraction and compassion they demonstrated to each the families, doing everything they could to bring closure to those who mislaid loved ones,” Levine Cava said.

“We’re besides precise grateful to Miami-Dade Police Department which has been starring the probe since the beginning, and present continues the challenging enactment of continuing to sift done millions of pounds of debris, searching for remains and idiosyncratic items to bring closure to families,” the politician added.

Now a period since the tragedy, the tract is mostly cleared and debris has been relocated to a antithetic site, with much than 22 cardinal pounds of debris removed.

Officials person said the hunt volition not extremity until each loved 1 is recovered.

“We are continuing to hunt with tremendous attraction and diligence and to enactment intimately hand-in-hand with religion leaders arsenic we person since the opening of this process,” Levine Cava said.

The origin of the illness remains nether investigation, which volition afloat statesman erstwhile the hunt ends.

Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has acknowledged “multiple requests by engineers and attorneys” to summation entree to the site.

“It is my knowing that erstwhile NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police Departments find that it is harmless and due for others to summation entree to the site, they volition beryllium permitted to bash truthful nether guidelines acceptable distant by those agencies,” Rundle said.

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Andy Rose and Deanna Hackney contributed to this report.

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