Mexico arrests construction overseer of collapsed school

2018-07-23 14:40
In this September 19, 2017 file photo, volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school where 37 people died in Mexico City. (Gerardo Carrillo, AP, File)

In this September 19, 2017 file photo, volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school where 37 people died in Mexico City. (Gerardo Carrillo, AP, File)

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Mexican police have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during a September earthquake, prosecutors said on Sunday.

The attorney general's office for Mexico City said the supervisor will be charged with homicide. Its brief statement did not give the supervisor's name.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake on September 19, 2017 killed 37 at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school.

Reports on a girl purportedly trapped alive in the school's rubble captivated people worldwide. But authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Officials have said the owner of the private school built an apartment for herself on top of the school wing that collapsed, which may have played a role in the tragedy.

Mexico has asked Interpol for help to find the owner, Monica Garcia Villegas.

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