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Arrests made in Surfside condo collapse victim ID thefts

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Michael Knoll, chief curator of the HistoryMiami Museum, works at the site of a memorial wall honoring the victims of the nearby deadly building collapse on June 24 that killed 98 people, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The museum is working with the city and county to catalog the items and preserve them in an archival bin for safekeeping.
Michael Knoll, chief curator of the HistoryMiami Museum, works at the site of a memorial wall honoring the victims of the nearby deadly building collapse on June 24 that killed 98 people, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The museum is working with the city and county to catalog the items and preserve them in an archival bin for safekeeping. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Photo Gallery

MIAMI (AP) — Law enforcement officials said they’ve arrested several people suspected of stealing the identities of victims who died in the Champlain Towers South condominium building collapse in June.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said it will provide details of the investigation during a news conference later Wednesday.

The oceanfront condominium in Surfside collapsed in the early morning hours of June 24, killing 98 people.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the 40-year-old building to collapse years after initial warnings about serious structural flaws. Debris has been cleared from the site and taken to a warehouse near the Miami International Airport for examination.

Officials from a number of law enforcement agencies are expected to attend the news conference.

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