Robert Budhoo's Body Removed From Miami Dade College Garage Collapse Rubble: Attorney

The worker's body is the last to be recovered from the site in Doral

By Diana Gonzalez
|  Thursday, Oct 18, 2012  |  Updated 5:25 PM EDT
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Family Clings To Hope as Worker Remains Missing After Parking Garage Collapse

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Robert Budhoo (center) with his daughters Shewana Accaiao (right) and Tasha Budhoo (left).

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Budhoo Family Waits As Man Remains Missing in Garage Collapse

Robert Budhoo, 53, is believed lost in the Miami Dade College garage collapse. His brother Steve Budhoo and daughter Tasha Budhoo gave their thoughts Thursday, while Ajax Building Corp. President William Byrne offered his condolences.

Family Clings To Hope as Worker Remains Missing After Parking Garage Collapse

Miami-Dade Police said they believe the collapse of a Miami Dade College garage killed Robert Budhoo and buried him in debris. But his wife, Laurel Budhoo, said Friday she believes heâ s still alive. â We need them to get him out,â said his daughter, Tasha Bagwandeen. Ajax Building Corp. President William Byrne said itâ s too early to determine what caused the collapse.
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Robert Budhoo’s body was removed from the rubble of the Miami Dade College garage collapse Thursday, an attorney for the family said.

His body is the last to be recovered from the site of the garage, which fell down on Miami Dade College’s west campus in Doral last Wednesday.

Dozens of workers were on the scene Thursday, and a van from the medical examiner’s office arrived at about 4 p.m.

Attorney Alan Goldfarb then told reporters that the family had been informed that Budhoo's body had been recovered by fire rescue.

"And they want to thank the fire rescue and fire workers and police that put forth a tremendous effort, and they actually gave a big prayer for them," Goldfarb said. "And they’re very thankful that nobody else was injured in recovering Robert’s body.”

Members of the Budhoo family were at the scene Thursday but did not comment.

Investigators said Monday that they believed they had found Budhoo deep within the rubble. The 53-year-old man was an electrical worker.

Now, the medical examiner's office will work to formally confirm the identity of the body.

Four people were killed in the collapse last week. The Ajax Building Corp. has said it's still trying to determine the cause.

Below: candles placed by the site.

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