Effort To Recover Man’s Body From Sinkhole Abandoned

SEFFNER, Fla. (March 3, 2013)--Crews with heavy equipment started work Sunday on the demolition of a home over a huge sinkhole that swallowed a man who’s presumed to be dead.

The search for Jeff Bush, 37, was called off Saturday, and a heavy machine with a large bucket scoop was moved into position Sunday at the home in Florida.

The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said have been no signs of life from the hole, which formed Thursday.

Jeremy Bush, the man who tried to save his brother, was escorted with a woman by a deputy to the front of the house early Sunday before equipment moved into position.

He repositioned some flowers from a makeshift memorial to a safer location, where Bush and the unidentified women knelt in prayer.

Jeff Bush was in his bedroom Thursday night in his home about 15 miles east of Tampa when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room.

Five others in the house escaped unharmed.

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