March 1st, 2013
06:16 AM ET

Police: Sinkhole victim presumed dead

[Posted at 6:12 a.m. ET] Police now say that the 36-year-old man who disappeared when a sinkhole opened up underneath his Brandon, Florida, bedroom early Friday is presumed dead.

It's not confirmed, but I think it's safe to presume," Hillsborough County fire department spokeswoman Jessica Damico said Friday morning.

[Posted at 2:11 a.m. ET] A 36-year-old man disappeared Thursday night after a sinkhole opened up underneath his bedroom in Florida, authorities said.

Right after the ground started to give way in his home in Brandon, the man's brother frantically tried to keep him from sinking into the hole, an emergency official said.

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  1. dazzle ©

    Never @bocat, you always make me laugh and smile.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    I wonder if he is alive

    March 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuart

      @frank. Ahh. No.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    Thanks guys and no hit squad will be coming for you @bobcat, you always make me laugh and smile. Now don't go deleting this please.

    March 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    Maybe the third time I will be able to post a thank you guys. @bobcat, no worries you always make me laugh and smile.

    March 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    dang! that is soooooo freeeeeaking
    sci-fi...screaming as the hole suck you in...they are popping up all over the world...we must be living on stop of a pumice stone...

    March 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Now @bobcat This is my fourth attempt to post. You make me laugh and smile. By the way the music box joke seemed to have disappeared. I am not going anywhere near Alabama.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    they should get the u s geological surveyors on this....those things can be acres wide and miles deep...

    March 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, i think they already on it. But it does make sense if you keep extracting from the earth eventually its gonna cave in aint it?

    March 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608®

    We take n take more. Now mother nature wants part of her home back.

    March 2, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dmitry (Russia)

    This secret material? X-files?
    Why stop looking?
    How deep the pit?
    I do not understand why stop looking?

    March 3, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
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