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Posted: 7:22 PM- HUNTINGTON -The search for the missing miners in the Crandall Canyon mine is over.

Colin King, attorney for the miners' families, said this evening the officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration told the families that the search was "done, it's finished," and there are no plans to resume it.

The MSHA representatives, whom King did not identify, also told the families during a briefing at the Desert Edge Christian Church that the miners - missing since a horrific collapse on Aug. 6 - are considered to be dead.

"It's a hard and bitter pill for our families to swallow, and there were quite a few tears in there today," King said.

And despite MSHA's stance, King added, "I only hope that one day we'll be able to get them out of there."