The three-week-long search for victims in the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside is winding down, but the effort to identify remains found in the rubble continues.
The toll now stands at 94 bodies identified, Miami-Dade County said in a press release. Three people are still missing and 241 have been accounted for.
There are still challenges as search teams try to recover every victim, including water flooding the “bathtub” of the parking structure, which continues to leak and crack, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told The Miami Herald.
The numbers have fluctuated over the weeks as the system for reporting the dead and missing changed. On Tuesday, the death toll was reported to be 95, reflecting the recovery of another body from the rubble.
But officials are now only using the number of victims identified in the official toll. “At this point, it’s difficult,” Miami-Dade Police spokesman Carlos Rosario said. “There are human remains that are