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Surfside investigated ex-building official after tower records went missing, emails show

Miami Herald, June 29, 2021, Aaron Leibowitz, Ben Conarck and Sarah Blaskey

Surfside police opened an investigation after building records potentially holding clues about the Champlain Towers South collapse appeared to go missing from the town’s rented storage facility, according to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald. Police focused their inquiry on former building official Ross Prieto, who was criticized in the wake of the collapse after records showed he told residents the building was in good shape in 2018, despite reviewing an engineering report detailing major structural damage.

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