Surfside Missing List Cut by Nearly a Fourth as 14 More Victims Found, Death Toll Now 78

The missing-person's list from the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, was cut by nearly a fourth as 14 more victims were found Friday, bringing the death toll to 78.

"This is a staggering and heart-breaking number that affects all of us very deeply," Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

Rescuers on their 16th day of searching through the rubble have not found any survivors since hours after the 12-story Champlain Towers South building came down on June 24, the Associated Press reported. The number of those still missing is now at 62 and Cava said the recovery effort continues.

In a radio report on Thursday, Paraguay's foreign minister said the country's first lady's sister was one of the victims found in the rubble. Many Latin American citizens were in the building when it fell, according to reports.

Rescuers have promised to search through debris to find all victims.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Surfside Condominium Rubble
The death toll following the collapse of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida, is at 78 after 14 more victims were found. Above, excavators dig through the remains from the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South building on July 9, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The painstaking search for survivors shifted to a recovery effort at midnight Wednesday after authorities said they had come to the agonizing conclusion that there was "no chance of life" in the rubble of the building.

Hope of finding survivors was briefly rekindled after workers demolished the remainder of the building, allowing access to new areas of debris. Some voids where survivors could have been trapped did exist, mostly in the basement and the parking garage, but no one was found alive. Instead, teams recovered more than a dozen additional victims.

State and local officials have pledged financial assistance to families of the victims, as well as to residents of the building who survived but lost all their possessions. Meanwhile, authorities are launching a grand jury investigation into the collapse. And at least six lawsuits have been filed by families.

Memorial for Surfside Condo Collapse Victims
People hug as they look at a memorial that has pictures of some of the victims of the collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 8, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images