Police take over Surfside search, after firefighters leave site

Fire-rescue teams that have been working at the site of the Surfside condo collapse for nearly a month straight will hand off the search for survivors to police, Miami-Dade County announced Friday, according to reports.

The search for bodies at the site of the collapsed condo officially concluded on Friday. The collapse killed 97, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified.

People visit the memorial that has pictures of some of some of the victims from the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 15, 2021.
Police will now handle the site of the Surfside collapse.
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The view of the land where the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South building was located.
The view of the land where the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South building was located.
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Items left behind by  visitors are seen at the memorial site near Champlain Towers South.
Items left behind by visitors are seen at the memorial site near Champlain Towers South.
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With the rubble having been moved offsite, police will now take over the search for remains and belongings, the Miami Herald reported.

“The men and women of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue ran into a collapsed building on the early morning of June 24 and haven’t stopped since,” said Daniella Levine Cava, mayor of Miami-Dade County, said in a statement. “We’re also very grateful to [the] Miami-Dade Police Department, which has been leading the investigation since the beginning, and now continues the challenging work of continuing to sift through millions of pounds of debris, searching for remains and personal items to bring closure to families.”

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