A miner is most likely dead after a collapse occurred in Idaho nine days ago, mining company officials said Sunday in The New York Times.
Larry Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished a project in the mine when the tunnel ceiling collapsed. Mike Marek escaped, according to The New York Times. After a week of rescue missions, the family was informed of the change to a recovery operation.
No cause has been established since Hecla Mining Company shut down production to focus search efforts. Rescue workers are blasting rock to reach Marek's last known location, the Associated Press said.
The last death at the mine occurred in 1986 and no contact has been made with Larry Marek since the day of the collapse, The New York Times said.