WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- All victims of the Florida condo collapse have been accounted for.
- The collapse claimed 98 lives.
- Officials are still investigating what caused the tragic incident.
The final victim from the Florida condo collapse has been found. Estelle Hedaya, 54, lived in unit 604 of the Champlain Towers South condo that collapsed on June 24. The tragedy killed 98 people.
Hedaya has finally been pulled from the debris, her brother Ikey Hedaya told the Associated Press on Monday.
Hedaya was an outgoing woman who loved traveling, and was incredibly connected to her Jewish faith, said Ikey.
He told the AP, “She always mentioned God anytime she was struggling with anything. She had reached a different level spiritually, which allowed her to excel in all other areas.”
Before Estelle’s remains were found, her mother Linda said in an interview with The Washington Post that she was waiting for her daughter to be identified so their family can begin burial traditions. She said she was worried that her daughter wasn’t resting. “She’s not in the place she’s supposed to be,” the distressed mother told the outlet.
It took the rescue team a month to recover and identify all the casualties from the collapse. The only survivors were retrieved from the rubble hours after the collapse.
The rescue efforts ended on July 7 after the standing portion of the building was demolished. Florida officials are now focusing on recovering and identifying the recovered remains. Only a few concrete slabs and support columns are left of the building.
Earlier this month, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said it was an extremely difficult decision to transition from rescue to recovery.
The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but according to Surfside Vice Mayor Tina Paul, the building had passed inspection just a day before it collapsed, reported The Washington Post.
Engineers will investigate what caused the collapse, assured Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. However, he said it might take time before the cause is determined. “You’re not gonna have those answers immediately,” said the Governor. “But I know that they are going to be working diligently to do that.”