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. chrissy

    Moving to Florida is scratched from my bucket list.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Dominic

      Another reason florida sucks literally.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Would this have something to do with injecting waste water under the aquifers in FL.? Although population is so heavy due to immigration and tourism. Where else can they put it all? In the ocean didn't work. This is what happens as population grows beyond a point that is so delicate. People need to slow down a bit and remember what you will leave your kids in their future. Nothing, unless people change and grow with their environment.

      March 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lhayden

    Oh my 🙁

    March 1, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisa

    Does this happen often cos it sounds freaking scary

    March 1, 2013 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Not at all. They don't tend to open so quickly or dramatically, and this is the first time in 32 years living here I can remember hearing of someone actually falling into one as it's opening.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Runkipper

    sounds like something from a horror film!

    March 1, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Liz

    I have heard about this happening on several accounts in Florida. Once is too much for this to happen. Florida is a nice place to vacation but don't think I would want to live there full time..

    March 1, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. stuart

    Talk about bad luck.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. stuart

    You must be hysterical by now.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Keith kosierowski

    Can u believe...

    March 1, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Big Shiz

    Act of god

    March 1, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Geenome

    What is it about Florida? Face eating bath salt addicts, people sucked into sinkholes, and just about every other nightmare you could think of.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. 1608®

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dazzle ...

    March 1, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A husband went to buy a birthday gift for his wife. Some friends had been invited over that night to celebrate her fortieth, and he wanted to get something special. At the store he spotted some cute little music boxes. One blue one was playing "Happy Birthday." Thinking they were all the same, he chose a red one and had it gift-wrapped.
    Later, at dinner, he gave it to his wife and asked her to open it.
    When she lifted the lid, out came the tune to "The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used to be!"

    March 1, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Happy Birthday dazzle. Please don't send your hit squad down here.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Omg @ bobcat lol. You better apologize quicjy! Happy birthday my twisted sista!

    March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Good morning chrissy

      Lord forgive me for that and bless all those starving pygmys in New Guinea.

      Sometimes I just can't help myself.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Wow. The monster under the bed is real.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    That's some scary stuff there. That's been happening a lot lately. The really scary thing is you don't know when or where.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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