- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. (AP) - Crews have recovered the body of a 59-year-old man who died after a trench collapsed and buried him in suburban Detroit.

Grosse Pointe Woods police officers responding Wednesday burrowed about 15 feet into the trench and dug out Leland Rumph’s head and part of his chest and gave him oxygen. That’s when a secondary collapse covered the victim’s head and injured an officer.

Crews were unable to remove Rumph’s body on Wednesday and continued the work Thursday.

The Detroit News, WXYZ-TV, WDIV-TV and WWJ-AM say the body was extracted Friday morning.

Rumph owned a Sterling Heights construction business. Authorities say he was working to help install a sewer line.

Authorities say an investigation will be needed to determine whether the digging work was being done properly.

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