Two of the previously unaccounted for people are safe after Davenport apartment collapse

One man was taken from the scene by police after they say he crossed police lines this morning in an attempt to move debris himself.
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 10:01 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCRG) - City leaders provided an update on the partial collapse of a Davenport apartment Thursday morning.

Police Chief Jeff Bladel said of the five unaccounted for people, two are believed to possibly still be in the building. As for the three other people, police have now made contact with the family of two of them and they are accounted for and are safe.

The third, identified as Daniel Prien, 60, remains unaccounted for. His apartment was in the area of the building that collapsed. Police are continuing to work to find points of contact for him.

Bladel said there is a high probability that the other two unaccounted for people, they spoke about on Tuesday, are within the collapsed space, and that space is not sustainable for life.

Mayor Mike Matson said they’re working on a timeline for demolition of the building, but they’re not anywhere near being ready for it. He also said they’re working to conduct the demolition in a dignified way because it is now a resting place.

Matson said they still could not explain the situation after a woman waved from a third-floor apartment on Monday. The woman was rescued, but officials have been unable to determine how she got there and why she wasn’t found earlier.

The partial collapse happened on Sunday at “The Davenport” in the downtown area.


Crews have rescued at least nine people, including one woman who had to have a leg amputated at the site of the building to free her from debris.

The mayor said officials will also be holding another press conference at 2 p.m. regarding assistance the city plans to provide.