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Video: Estelle Hedaya, Jewelry Exec, Identified as Victim of Florida Condo Collapse

She was the last of 98 victims to be identified.




The body of Estelle Hedaya, an executive in the jewelry industry, has been identified following the rubble of the Surfside, FL, condominium collapse.

Hedaya was the only person who remained unaccounted for in the June 24 catastrophe at Champlain Towers South, CBS Miami reports. The collapse claimed 98 lives.

Hedaya, 54, was director of operations at Continental Buying Group and Preferred Jewelers International. She’d held the role for about six years.

Hedaya, a native New Yorker, lived on the sixth floor of the building.

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