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Search crews found body of one missing worker from power plant collapse

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Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 00:19:11-05

MANCHESTER, Ohio  — Search crews have found the body of one of the remaining missing workers who became trapped when a portion of the Killen Generating Station collapsed Wednesday morning, according to Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.

Richard Adamo, president of the Adamo Group, the workers' employer contracted to demolish the building when it collapsed, confirmed in a statement Saturday night that the body recovered was that of Clyde Douglas Gray.

"Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family, his fiancée, his friends and his co-workers during this very sorrowful and difficult time," the statement reads. "We wish to thank the region’s first responders and emergency personnel for their tireless and selfless efforts through this tragic ordeal. We continue to work closely with local responders as our focus remains on recovery operations. Moving forward, Adamo Group will cooperate fully with the agencies and organizations tasked with determining the cause of the collapse."

Authorities initially responded to Killen Generating Station around 9 a.m. Wednesday after reports that part of a building had collapsed with people inside. Those trapped were part of a demolition crew working to take down the retired power station that once operated as part of Dayton Power and Light's power grid.

By Wednesday night, crews had switched from a rescue to a recovery mission.

Rogers said the cause of the collapse was still under investigation, but that the building that collapsed was slated to be taken down on Monday, Dec. 14.

Crews were able to rescue three workers from the rubble Wednesday afternoon. A fifth victim trapped in the collapse, Jamie Fitzgerald, remains missing.