There Is No Missing Child in Destroyed Mexico School

Navy official says all children are accounted for
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2017 6:01 PM CDT
Rescue personnel work on the Enrique Rebsamen primary school, that collapsed after an earthquake, in Mexico City, Sept. 20, 2017.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

(Newser) – A little girl said to have been found alive under the rubble of a school destroyed in this week's huge earthquake had become a symbol of hope amid massive devastation, but it turns out no such little girl exists after all. "We have done an accounting with school officials and we are certain that all the children either died, unfortunately, are in hospitals or are safe at their homes," a high-ranking navy official announced Thursday. There may, however, be an adult still alive under the collapsed building, the AP reports; blood traces and other signs suggest that could be the case. At least 245 people died in central Mexico in the magnitude 7.1 quake, including at least 21 children and five adults at the Enrique Rebsamen school in southern Mexico City. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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