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Rescuers end effort to find body in Fla. sinkhole

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SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by a sinkhole under his home has been called off and crews plan to begin demolishing the four-bedroom house.

The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole is almost completely covered by the house and rescuers are afraid it would collapse on them if they try to search for 37-year-old Jeff Bush. Crews are testing the unstable ground surrounding the home and have evacuated two neighboring houses as a precaution.

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike 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."

He says heavy equipment would be brought in to begin the demolition Sunday morning.

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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