Mexico arrests construction overseer of collapsed school

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, volunteers and rescue workers search for children trapped inside at the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school where 37 people died in Mexico City. Mexican police said Sunday, July 22, 2018 they have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at the elementary school and will charged him with homicide. (AP Photo/Gerardo Carrillo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during a September earthquake, prosecutors said Sunday.

The attorney general’s office for Mexico City said the supervisor will be charged with homicide. Its brief statement did not give the supervisor’s name.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake last Sept. 19 killed 37 at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school.

Reports on a girl purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble captivated people worldwide. But authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Officials have said the owner of the private school built an apartment for herself on top of the school wing that collapsed, which may have played a role in the tragedy.

Mexico has asked Interpol for help to find the owner, Monica Garcia Villegas.

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