COLONY, Mo. -- The body of a missing worker found nearly 36 hours after the collapse of a 2,000-foot-high television tower was driven about 20 feet into the ground by the crash that killed two other workers, police said.
A trained dog helped searchers find the body of Don Sadler, 43, of Tampa, Fla., at 6 p.m. Friday, said Knox County Sheriff Department dispatcher Dale McCarty, a day after the collapse of the tower and recovery of the bodies of the two other workers killed.
'It was under a lot of debris and it took time to get down to him,' McCarty said.
It was estimated the man's body was driven about 20 feet into the ground.
A spokesman for the state Highway Patrol said the impact of the collapse drove huge pieces of steel as much as 30 feet into the ground.
Investigators from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration were on the scene to look into the cause of the collapse, said a spokesman for KTVO in Kirksville, which owns the tower.
'Now, the OHSA people and the engineering people can get down to business and find out what caused the tower to fall down,' McCarty said.
The structure came crashing down around 10 a.m. Thursday as three workers performed routine maintenance about 500 feet above the ground, station officials said.
The bodies of two workers recovered Thursday were identified Friday as Victor Macs, 23, of Clearwater, S.C., and Reginald Davis, 26, of Bath, S.C., the Highway Patrol said.
Macs' body was found at the base of the collapsed tower, while the body of Davis was found inside the steel cage that held the workers to the structure before it collapsed, authorities said.
The workers were replacing structural braces at the time of the collapse, station officials said.
The tower stood about 25 miles from the Iowa and Illinois border in Colony, a town of some 250 people about 40 miles northeast of Kirksville in northeast Missouri.
The tower, erected last September, was the maximum height allowed by the Federal Communication Commission, said Kurt Sweeney, news director of KTVO. There is one other 2,000-foot tower in the state - Springfield's KSPR.
The signal from the Colony tower was transmitted to viewers within a 90-mile radius of the Kirksville station. It was used to serve viewers in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Kirksville, Mo.
KTVO, which went off the air when the tower collapsed, was to resume broadcasting today, Sweeney said.
The station's signal will be transmitted from an old tower -- which was replaced by the ill-fated structure -- until the collapsed antenna can be rebuilt, he said.