US rescuers end effort to find body in sinkhole
SEFFNER, Florida (AP) - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by sinkhole under his Florida home was called off on Saturday while crews tried to learn how far the underground cavity reaches and whether more homes are at risk.
Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said rescuers were ending the effort to find Jeff Bush's body and they planned to bring in heavy equipment on Sunday to begin demolishing the four-bedroom home.
"At this point it's really not possible to recover the body," Mr Merrill said, later adding "we're dealing with a very unusual sinkhole." Mr Bush, 37, was in his bedroom on Thursday night in Seffner - a suburb of 8,000 people east of downtown Tampa - when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five others in the house escape unharmed.
On Saturday, the normally quiet neighborhood of concrete block homes painted in Florida pastels was jammed with cars as engineers, reporters, and curious onlookers came to the scene.