Red Cross volunteer Tamila Swigler said the body had not been identified and that rescuers had not yet located the remaining 12 miners. Officials had reported poisonous gas in the mine.
Swigler said family members gathered in the church near the mine were "breaking down" after the news was broken to them by rescuers. Rescue work was continuing in the mine, she said.
There had been no communication with the miners since they were trapped after an explosion at 6:30 a.m. on Monday at the Sago mine in central West Virginia.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
BODY LOCATED IN WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINE
Little doubt that this was the probable outcome, especially after Tuesday briefings in which company men somberly asked for a miracle. Reuters reports:
About to slip down.