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Feds Announce Team Investigating Surfside Collapse — But Don't Divulge Early Findings

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MATIAS J. OCNER MOCNER@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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The Miami Herald
The South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team looks through rubble for survivors at the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, on Monday, June 28, 2021.

A Cuban-born engineer who grew up in Miami will lead the federal team tasked with determining why Champlain Towers South partially collapsed on June 24, killing 98 people.

Judith Mitrani-Reiser, who works for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, announced the members of the team Wednesday — and said the mission feels personal. Her parents fled Cuba with her and her sister and arrived in Miami in 1980, when Mitrani-Reiser was 2 years old.

“I grew up in Miami and the Champlain Towers South collapse site is a short walk from my late grandmother’s apartment in Biscayne Point,” she said at a virtual press conference Wednesday. “Please know I am deeply committed to finding out why this building collapsed.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.