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Florida Building Collapse: Search ends with one victim unaccounted for, 97 deaths

The search and rescue for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Florida apartment block has finally ended with one victim remaining unaccounted for.

At least 97 people were killed when the 12-storey Champlain Towers South fell in the early hours of 24 June.

But the remains of 54-year-old Estelle Hedaya are yet to be identified.




Her family say the official end of the search has left them feeling helpless and worried she will be forgotten.

Nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble since the first hours after the disaster, and officials formally switched from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery effort on 7 July.

Battling tropical storms and the risk of unstable debris, rescuers worked through more than 13,000 tonnes of broken concrete.



The Surfside site has mostly been cleared, with the rubble moved to a state warehouse for further inspection.

The mission had to be halted several times, due to instability in the mound of rubble as well as Tropical Storm Elsa. Officials had to order the part of the building that remained standing be demolished on 4 July.

The site of the collapse is now under the police and is being treated as a crime scene.

What caused the 40-year-old building to fall to the ground while its residents slept remains unknown.

But multiple reports pointed out structural problems and poor maintenance.