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Fourth day nears end as authorities continue search for condo victims

As search-and-rescue crews continue looking for survivors, families are stuck awaiting any news on their loved ones. (Video: Drea Cornejo, Alice Li/The Washington Post, Photo: Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post)

Police on Sunday night identified four more people who died after the Champlain Towers South condominiums collapsed Thursday, a grim end to a fourth day of searching for survivors.

Nine people were confirmed dead Sunday night, including four whom the Miami-Dade Police Department identified publicly: Luis Bermudez, 26; Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74; Leon Oliwkowicz, 80; and Anna Ortiz, 46. Elvira was found Sunday, and the three others were found Saturday.

Officials have accounted for 134 of the building’s residents and are looking for information about an estimated 150 others. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava stressed that “these numbers are not final.”

The search-and-rescue mission will continue, and emergency workers have brought in major machinery to sift through the debris, which will be taken to a warehouse and analyzed for forensic clues.

Here are some significant developments

  • Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said he could not yet say when the search-and-rescue effort might shift to a recovery effort: “Hope — that’s what I’m focusing on,” he said.
  • The bodies of four more people were discovered in the rubble, bringing the death toll to nine, Levine Cava said.
  • The mayor added that the “deep trench” dug by first responders, measuring 125 feet long, 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep, will be critical in continuing the search-and-rescue operation.
  • Police have released the names of four victims of the collapse: Stacie Dawn Fang, 54; Antonio Lozano, 83; Gladys Lozano, 79; and Manuel LaFont, 54.
  • An engineering expert hired by Surfside to investigate the collapse played down the findings of a 2018 report that warned of “major structural damage” to part of the building.

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