Trapped miner died in ground collapse, mining company says

After more than nine days of holding out hope that trapped miner Larry “Pete” Marek was alive after a mine collapse, Hecla Mining Company said it believed Marek was dead and changed the rescue mission for Marek into a recovery mission at the Lucky Friday Mine early Easter Sunday morning. In a press release, Hecla stated “we are heartbroken to report that we now believe that Larry was under the fall of ground when it occurred and is deceased.”