Another four bodies were found overnight in the shattered ruins of a collapsed Miami-area condominium tower, the mayor of Miami-Dade County said on Wednesday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 16 nearly a week after the building fell.
Nobody has been pulled alive from the mounds of pulverized concrete, splintered lumber and twisted metal since the early hours of the disaster. County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a news conference there were 147 people still unaccounted for.
Officials have said they still harbor hope of finding survivors.
"This is going to go until we pull everybody out of there," Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said at the news conference in response to questions about when the rescue mission might switch to a recovery operation. "We're not leaving anyone behind."
Two teams of dogs are helping to scour the pile: one trained to sniff out survivors, the other trained to detect bodies.