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‘Place of Comfort': New Memorial For The Unaccounted In Surfside Collapse

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A new makeshift memorial for the people that remain unaccounted for at the Champlain Towers South collapse is up on the corner of Byron Avenue and 93rd Street in Surfside. 

It started with just one bouquet of flowers.

Then residents dropped off more flowers and hung up t-shirts with the names of those unaccounted for, along with their unit numbers. 

“The hope is people can find this as a place of comfort,” said Dana Kulvin, one of the organizers of the memorial. 

Another makeshift memorial on 88th Street and Harding Avenue that is closer to the scene has been closed off to the public due to concerns over the air quality in the area.

An additional body was recovered Saturday at the site of the partial building collapse in Surfside, bringing the death toll to five, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

Human remains were also found in the wreckage Saturday.

"The process of identifying these victims is very difficult," Levine Cava said at the news briefing Saturday. "We have been gathering samples from family members. This allows us to do rapid testing on site. We identified three bodies in the rubble and have already notified the next of kin. Out of respect to the families we will not share those names."

With these new numbers, there are 130 residents accounted for while 156 remain unaccounted for.

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