MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The body of North Bay Village Police Chief Carlos Noriega’s mother has been recovered from the Champlain Towers South collapse site.

In a statement from the family, they said they were notified Tuesday evening of the recovery and positive identification of 92-year-old Hilda Noriega.

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“The family would like to thank all the hundreds of first responders, who bravely and selflessly risked their lives to locate his mother and the other innocent victims to date,” according to the statement. “The Noriegas have lost the ‘heart and soul’ and ‘matriarch’ of their family, but will get through this time by embracing the unconditional love Hilda was known for.”

Hilda Noriega’s grandson, Mike Noriega, told CBS4 Joan Murray last Sunday that his grandmother was ‘vibrant’.

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WATCH: Joan Murray spoke with Mike Noriega about his grandmother Hilda last Sunday


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Noreiga said he’s dealing with the situation as best as he can. In an Instagram post he asked that people continue praying for the families of the missing. Team