According to the family, the body of the Baltimore Bridge victim was recovered


Authorities said Friday they recovered someone else's body One of the construction workers is believed to have died in the Baltimore Bridge collapse.

According to Unified Command, the group of agencies responsible for responding to the Key Bridge collapse, diving teams recovered the body of 38-year-old Mayor Suazo Sandoval around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

His brother, Carlos Alexis Suazo Sandoval, said family members received the news from officials shortly afterward. “That was goal No. 1,” he wrote in a WhatsApp message in Spanish. “Thank God.”

Authorities previously said six construction workers repairing potholes on the Key Bridge – including Suazo Sandoval – are believed to have fallen to their deaths after a ship crashed into the bridge last week, causing it to collapse. The bodies of two of the workers – Alejandro Hernández Fuentes, 35, of Baltimore, and Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, of Dundalk, Maryland – had already been recovered last week, and authorities were searching for four more.

It was not clear whether additional bodies had been pulled from the water on Friday. Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent of the Maryland Department of State Police, said in a statement Friday evening, “There are still families waiting to hear whether we have found their loved one.”

“I can promise you that we are fully committed to finding a solution for each of these families,” Butler said.

Suazo Sandoval's nephew, Hector Guardado, previously told The Washington Post that the family hoped to bring his uncle's body back to his hometown in Honduras for burial.

Suazo Sandoval, a father of two and an avid fan of the FC Motagua soccer team, was remembered by family members as an entrepreneurial father who sent money to Honduras to buy medicine for sick relatives, birthday cakes for celebrations and soccer uniforms for children from around the world his city. He also helped family members open a small hotel there.

“We were scared as a family,” Guardado said in Spanish in an interview Friday. The news the family received from authorities around midday was “hard but comforting at the same time,” he said.

“The only thing we asked in the end is that his body could be found,” he added.

Suazo Sandoval's body was at a coroner's office and would then be released over the weekend to a funeral home and then to family members in Maryland, Guardado said. The family's goal was to return his body to his hometown of Azacualpa in the mountainous western region of Honduras “and say goodbye to him with dignity, as he deserved,” Guardado said.

Suazo Sandoval left Honduras for the United States nearly two decades ago and had long hoped to return to visit his family.

“The city is waiting for him. “The city awaits the return of its native son,” Guardado said. “From now on the story changes and we hope to bring my uncle to his homeland to be buried here.”

Justin Jouvenal contributed to this report.