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Authorities recover fourth body from Francis Scott Key Bridge wreckage in Baltimore

A fourth body was discovered Monday at the site of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, officials said.

Key Bridge Response Unified Command announced the discovery in a statement. The body was recovered from the sea on Sunday and positively identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Monday.

The discovery was made weeks after the Key Bridge collapsed on March 26th. The container ship Dali struck one of the Key Bridge’s support piers while leaving the Port of Baltimore, causing much of the structure to fall into the Patapsco River.

In a press release on Monday, the Unified Forces explained “where the bodies were found.” [salvage teams] It is believed to be one of the missing construction vehicles. ”

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A crane barge surrounds the container ship Dali and the remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on April 15, 2024. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“Maryland State Police, FBI, and Maryland Transit Authority Police responded and found a deceased victim trapped inside the vehicle.”

Officials said the identities of the deceased will not be released at the request of the victims’ families. State officials met with grieving relatives on Monday. The discovery is the fourth body found at the scene, with the other two victims still missing and presumed dead.

“As we mourn the lives lost and continue our recovery efforts, we recognize that each missing person is a beloved friend or family member of someone,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Roland L. Butler Jr. said in a statement. “I am doing so,” he said.

“We are committed to working with all of our law enforcement partners to ensure the physical and technical aspects of their training are thorough, utilizing all available resources.”

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A section of the bridge from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge is suspended from the container ship Dali in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 26, 2024.

A section of the bridge from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge is suspended from the container ship Dali in Baltimore, Maryland, March 26, 2024. (Army Corps of Engineers/Handout via Reuters)

The announcement came on the same day that Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the city’s plans to take legal action against those involved in the bridge collapse.

“The City of Baltimore would like to acknowledge all parties involved in the Key Bridge tragedy, including the owner, charterer, manager/operator, manufacturer of the M/V Dali, and other potentially responsible third parties. We will take decisive action to hold them accountable,” officials said in a statement.

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A Chesapeake 1000 crane is used to assist in debris removal efforts after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Maryland on March 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

In his announcement, Scott acknowledged the impact the disaster has had on the city, calling it an “unthinkable tragedy.”

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“We continue to do everything in our power to support everyone affected here, and we continue to recognize the human impact of this event,” the mayor said in a statement.

“As part of that effort, we need to seek redress from those potentially liable, and with the vessel’s owner filing a limitation of liability motion just days after the accident, the City We need to act equally quickly to protect our interests.”

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