Trapped kids found dead after being buried alive at NC construction site

Posted at 12:06 PM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 12:06:35-04

The search is over for two trapped kids buried alive at a construction site, after they were found dead in North Carolina.

The 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were found at the bottom of a 24-foot pit Monday morning behind a family member’s home.

Authorities say the cousins went into the pit Sunday to retrieve a small tool when the dirt wall collapsed on them.

Rescuers worked for more than 12 hours to try to save the children.

“That situation has now come to a close. The two young children’s bodies have been recovered from the pit in which they were at,” Dion Burleson of Lincoln Co., NC Emergency Management told reporters.

Local media is reporting the pit was a basement under construction.