Another victim identified in Surfside condo collapse. Death toll remains at 18

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Another victim pulled from the partial collapse of the Surfside condominium has been identified by Miami-Dade police.

As of Thursday night, the death toll remained at 18 with 145 people unaccounted for and 130 accounted for in the collapse of the Champlain South Towers last week.

The identified victim was Magaly Elena Delgado, 80, who was found on Wednesday.

Delgado had moved from Cuba in the 1960s in search of a better life, the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday. She had lived at Champlain Towers South for more than 10 years.

“If she was taken from us, which very well could be, that she didn’t feel a thing is what you would want,” Delgado’s daughter Magaly Ramsey told the Post.

She described her mother as strong, resilient and “self-made.”

Ramsey told The New York Times Tuesday that as soon as she was able to get close to the collapse site on Monday, she decided her mother couldn’t be alive.

“I’m a very logical, tough woman,” Ramsey told the Times.

Delgado had in the past raised concerns to Ramsey about ongoing assessments as well as tremors from the construction of a new building nearby, she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week.

She missed a call from her last Wednesday — the night before the collapse — and thought she would just give her a call back in the morning, she told CNN.

She never got the opportunity.

The 16 victims who had already been identified are: Lucia Guara, 10; Emma Guara 4; Anaely Rodriguez, 42; Andreas Giannitsopoulos, 21; Hilda Noriega, 92; Marcus Joseph Guara, 52; Frank Kleiman, 55; Michael Altman, 50; Leon Oliwkowicz, 80; Luis Bermúdez, 26; Ana Ortiz, 46, Bermúdez’s mother; Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74; Stacie Fang, 54,; Anthony Lozano, 83; Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel LaFont, 54.

After a 16-hour hiatus, search-and-rescue teams continued operations at Champlain Towers South Thursday evening. Work had stopped amid concerns that the remaining structure could topple.

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