SURFSIDE, Florida – Efforts to salvage a South Florida condominium that collapsed last month may soon come to an end.
Miami-Dade Police on Thursday identified four more victims of the Surfside condo collapse, meaning 90 of 97 confirmed dead have been identified as the recovery enters its home stretch.
County officials were able to report on 240 people logged into the building, with eight people still classified as missing or “potentially missing.” If seven of the missing people match the seven as yet unidentified remains, search teams are said to be looking for another missing person, although officials have not confirmed this scenario or indicated when the search will be completed.
A cause has not yet been identified for the collapse, although there have been several previous warnings of major structural damage to the 40-year-old building.
A judge approved the sale of the beachfront property on Wednesday, with the proceeds going to victims of the deadly disaster. In a hearing, Miami-Dade circuit judge Michael Hanzman ordered the start of the sale process for the Champlain Towers South site, which could bring in $ 100 million to $ 110 million according to court records.
The judge also approved the return of $ 2.4 million in deposits that some Champlain condo owners had already made for an appraisal to pay $ 15 million in planned major repairs.