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Body recovered in Kansas City mall explosion

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Search crews uncovered a body Wednesday at the site of an explosion that rocked an upscale Kansas City, Mo., mall.

Police had been searching for a woman who worked at the JJ's restaurant that was destroyed by the blast. The city's mayor declined to confirm whether the body that was uncovered was the woman, however, according to a report by the Associated Press.

No other deaths have been reported.

Still, the search — complete with cadaver dogs — continues. Authorities can't be "100 percent sure that we can account for every single person that may have been at JJ's when the explosion occurred," said Mayor Sly James in the AP report. "Since this started without a list of those in the building ... those search and rescue people are out there going through the rubble and will continue to go through the rubble. They will continue to investigate until weather shuts it down."

Investigators suspect the blast, which occurred Tuesday evening, was caused by a utility contractor.

Initial reports were of no deaths but several injuries. On Wednesday, investigators reported the one death, along with 15 injured, six of whom are still hospitalized, AP reported.

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