Authorities said a body has been found in the rubble where JJ’s Restaurant once stood. They did not release information on the gender or identity of the body.
Authorities had been looking for a missing woman. She was an employee of JJ’s, but no other details were given about her.
Early reports indicated that two people were missing — a man and a woman. Just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, officials said the man was safely located at an area hospital. Officials recanted that information during a 10:30 a.m. news conference, though. They said the man was not at the site of the explosion and had contacted his family.
Authorities initially reported that a construction worker struck a natural gas line. Missouri Gas Energy released the following statement on Wednesday:
“We remain focused on supporting the ongoing investigation into the cause of last night’s incident and on ensuring the continued security of the site.
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