As emergency crews search for the missing in the Surfside tower tragedy, perhaps one chilling image has stood out most.
Amid the massive, gaping, debris-filled hole that is now Champlain Towers South is a white bunk bed set that could belong to a child or teenager. A black desk chair is next to it.
The furniture was left amid the destruction, perilously close to the precipice in what appears to be the penthouse apartment. The structure has no front walls, like a ghastly, giant dollhouse.
The top bed is still horizontal but appears to have no sheets or blankets, only a mattress. The bottom bed sags at a sickeningly surreal angle, still decked in pink, flowered sheets and two pillows. A white ladder on one side stands erect; a railing on the bed’s other side is mangled and crushed.
On Thursday, Local 10 reported that the apartment with the beds belongs to resident Linda March, an attorney who moved to Surfside from New York.
Part of the 12-story oceanfront condominium on the Atlantic Ocean came crashing down early Thursday morning when 55 units collapsed. More than 150 people are still unaccounted for and four have been confirmed dead.