Bodies of two men trapped in building collapse recovered
UPDATE: 11/4/23 12:00 P.M.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ)- The body of the second individual who was trapped in a building collapse that happened Tuesday in Martin County has been found.
In a release from Kentucky Emergency Management, and on behalf of Martin County Judge-Executive Lon Lafferty, the second person, Billy “Bo” Daniels of Pike County, was recovered by Search and Rescue teams on the scene of the building collapse Friday.
The bodies of both men will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.
Officials said the Kentucky State Police are conducting the death investigation of both men.
MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - Both men in a building collapse that happened Tuesday in Martin County have been confirmed dead, officials said during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Martin County Judge-Executive Lon Lafferty made the grim announcement from a rural road overlooking the scattered debris of the 11-story building -- located at an idled coal processing plant near Middlefork Wolfe Creek Road.
Lafferty said both of the men have been located in the wreckage. The body of Alvin Nees was recovered, and crews hope to recover Billy Ray “Bo” Daniels later Friday night.
“We knew going in this was a very, very difficult situation,” Lafferty said, saying thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. “This is not the outcome we had hoped for.”
He said the bodies of both men will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.
Both victims were from Pike County, Kentucky, and had been doing contracting work during preparation for a demolition project.
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