Rescuers end effort to find body in Fla. sinkhole

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) — The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by sinkhole under his home is being called off while crews try to learn how far the underground cavity reaches and whether more homes are at risk.

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says rescuers are ending the effort to find Jeff Bush's body because it's just too dangerous. He says officials plan to bring in heavy equipment tomorrow to begin demolishing the four-bedroom home.

Merrill says "At this point it's really not possible to recover the body." Merrill also says they're dealing with what he describes as "a very unusual sinkhole."

Bush was in his bedroom Thursday night in Seffner -- a suburb of 8,000 people 15 miles east of downtown Tampa -- when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five others in the house escape unharmed.

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137-a-18-(County Administrator Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, at news conference)-"is being discontinued"-Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says recovery crews cannot safely continue the search for the missing occupant, Jeff Bush. (2 Mar 2013)

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136-a-13-(County Administrator Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, at news conference)-"from the perimeter"-Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says the situation remains very hazardous. (2 Mar 2013)

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138-a-10-(County Administrator Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County, at news conference)-"no audible sounds"-Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says first responders did work hard to try to find the missing resident, but Jeff Bush wasn't spotted on a camera, nor heard again, after his bedroom collapsed. (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO FLCO108: Jeremy Bush places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed his brother Jeffrey in Seffner, Fla. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Jeffrey Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO FLCO104: An engineer, tethered with a safety line, walks in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man in Seffner, Fla. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Jeffrey Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO FLCO102: Hillsborough County, Fla., firefighters walk near the front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man, Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO FLCO101: Engineers talk in front of a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man, Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO FLCO105: Hillsborough County, Fla., firefighters keep a safe distance from a home, where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening and swallowed a man, in Seffner, Fla. on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Jeffrey Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed. Bush's brother jumped into the hole to try to help, but he had to be rescued himself by a sheriff's deputy. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (2 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO MH204: FILE - This undated photo provided by Jeremy Bush shows Jeff Bush. Jeremy Bush heard a loud crash and screaming coming from his brother's room early Thursday, March 1, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A large sinkhole opened under Jeff's bedroom and he disappeared together with most of the bedroom furniture. Jeremy jumped into the hole and was quickly up to his neck in dirt. Jeff is presumed dead. (AP Photo/Jeremy Bush, HO) (1 Mar 2013)

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