Search Continues For Possible Body In Imploded Building


Thursday, November 15th 2007, 11:32 am
By: News On 6


The owner of a Tulsa-based demolition company questions the accuracy of a home video that may show a person entering a building moments before it imploded on Sunday morning. Jim Redyke, President of Dykon Explosive Demolition, located at 1202 West 36th Street North in Tulsa, was in charge of the implosion. The News On 6’s Ashli Sims reports that so far rescue crews looking for a possible body in the rubble of the Old Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas, have turned up nothing.

The search began after a home video of the implosion led Houston police to believe that someone was inside the building at the time of the implosion on Sunday morning. That video has since been posted on YouTube.

Police won't confirm whether the home video they received is from YouTube. In the video you can see a door close, though it's not clear if it's a person closing it or suction from the implosion.

Redyke questions the quality and accuracy of the home video that started the investigation. He believes the building was clear, and he has the photos to prove it. Redyke tells The News On 6 the building and the area were secured before the implosion. Redyke says the company had two cameras trained on the building at the time of the implosion. He says he has reviewed that footage and did not see anyone entering or leaving the building.

“These 35 mm are certainly not doctored. And there are certainly good proof looking right through the building that there is absolutely nothing there," Redyke said Thursday.

Redyke says they didn't go through the building the morning of the implosion, because they didn't think it was necessary.

“The building was gone through and swept the night before,” he said. “The building had a chain-link fence all the way around it. And there was a guard - a Houston police officer on the only entrance to the structure all night long."


Dykon Explosive Demolition Corporation has been in the business of bringing buildings down for 30 years.

"In all the years we've been doing this and working for other people and other people. I've never heard of it happening," he said.

Watch the video: Investigation Into Possible Houston Implosion Death Continues