The death toll in the Champlain Towers South collapse now stands at 79, after another victim was recovered Friday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in an evening news conference.
Of those, 53 victims have been identified, she said.
Currently, 61 people are potentially unaccounted for, the mayor added.
Experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including the agency’s physical measurement laboratory, have “made significant progress in tagging and transporting” more than 200 pieces of forensic evidence in the search for clues into the cause of the collapse, according to Levine Cava.
The mayor said 60 trucks a day have hauled away 13 million pounds of concrete and debris from the site.
More victims are identified, police say
Eight additional victims were identified by Miami-Dade Police on Friday.
Police identified them as Vishai Patel, 42, and Bhavna Patel, 36, who were recovered from the rubble on Tuesday.
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SOURCE: CNN, Madeline Holcombe and Ray Sanchez