After nearly a week of search efforts, the body of a man believed to be the missing worker was found at the site of the collapsed parking garage.
The family of the Robert Budhoo received the news Monday afternoon, but there has been no official confirmation.
The body was found deep within the rubble at the Miami Dade College Campus in Doral, and due to its location and the instability of the structure, it will take a few additional days to remove it from under the debris.
The discovery brings the number of workers killed by the collapsed parking garage to four, making it one of the deadliest construction site accidents in recent Miami-Dade County history.
The family of Budhoo has been at the MDC Doral campus every day, and has been frustrated by the lack of urgency they feel in rescue efforts. According to the family, one of Budhoo's co-workers told the rescue team that he was last seen on the west side of the building, but efforts were focused on a different spot that turned out to be wrong.
The cause behind the collapse of a parking garage won't be known for months, but experts believe the problem stems from the use of pre-fabricated parts assembled on site.
Experts believe investigators will look into construction error before faulty design as the cause of the collapse. Others believe a defect in a concrete piece could also be behind the collapse of the structure. There are also reports that a crane hit the structure two days prior to its collapse.
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Source: The Miami Herald, "Body found in rubble might be missing worker," Oct. 16, 2012.