Surfside building collapse: Police identify 6 more killed including Colombian girl, 14, on vacation

Miami-Dade Police Department: Official death toll is 97

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Detectives identified six more victims of the Surfside building collapse on Thursday as the search and recovery operation continued at the site of the former Champlain Towers South.

The youngest of the six killed is 14-year-old Valeria “Vale” Barth Gómez. Search crews pulled her remains out of the rubble at 8777 Collins Ave., Sunday, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Valeria was on vacation with her parents. The family lived in Medellín, Colombia. Crews found the remains of her father, Luis Fernando Barth Tobar, 51, and her mother, Catalina Gómez, 45, on July 10. Barth Tobar, who was in the nonprofit sector, and Gómez were both attorneys. They were staying in unit 204. The Associated Press reported they were supposed to return the rental on the day of the collapse.

A Colombian family died in the Surfside building collapse, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. (Family hand out - SKY 10 background)

Here is the list of the other five victims of the June 24th tragedy identified Thursday:

  • Michelle Anna Pazos, 23, was on vacation from Montreal, Canada. Crews recovered her remains on July 9. Her Linkedin account showed she was fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic, and she had volunteered in home construction in Mozambique. She was visiting her father, Miguel Ángel Pazos, who was born in Cuba. He co-owned unit 412. Crews found him dead on July 8.
Miguel Leonardo Kaufman and Maria Gabriela Camou Font died in Surfside. Relatives said that had they not changed their travel plans they would probably still be alive.
  • Miguel Leonardo Kaufman, 65, was a grandfather from Uruguay who was visiting his family. He and his wife of 40 years, Maria Gabriela Camou Font, 64, delayed their flight to Montevideo. Crews recovered Kaufman’s remains on July 9.

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  • Rosa “Rosie” Saez, 70, was born in Cuba. Records show she co-owned a 3-bedroom apartment in South Miami. Her son told The Miami Herald she lived there, but she was staying at her friend Margarita “Maggie” Vazquez-Bello’s apartment for the night. Crews found them dead on July 10.
Arnie Notkin, 87, and Myriam Caspi Notkin, 81, died in Surfside. (WPLG)
  • Myriam Notkin, 81, was born in Cuba. She was married to Arnold “Arnie” Notkin, 87, and she had worked as a banker and a real estate agent. She quit her position as treasurer of the condo association in 2019. Records show they lived in unit 302. Crews recovered their remains on July 9.
  • Mihai Radulescu, 82, was married to Maria Popa, 79. Records show the couple owned unit 404. Search crews recovered Radulescu’s remains on July 9.

According to detectives, the official death toll was at 97 and the families of 92 victims had been notified after identification. The medical examiner’s office was still working on identifying human remains.

The cause of the 12-story building collapse is under federal investigation. The National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are among the agencies collecting data to support the probe.

Officials are asking those affected by the building collapse to apply for assistance on the Surfside Assistance page. Those interested on helping the families of the victims should also visit the page’s donor registration section.

The search operation continued Thursday at the site of the building collapse at 8777 Collins Ave., in Surfside. (Courtesy photo)

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