Stanley, NC -- Emergency crews recovered the bodies of two children trapped at a construction site Monday morning, WBTV reports. The children were trapped Sunday evening when dirt collapsed on them.
The two children have been identified as James Levi Caldwell, 7, and Chloe Jade Arwood, 6. Caldwell was from Stanley and Arwood was from Gastonia, WBTV learned in a news conference Monday.
About 75 rescuers from four counties, including Charlotte, were called to the scene in the 5800 block of Cedarbrook Court in Stanley just after 6 p.m. Sunday.
Lincoln County Emergency Services public information officer Dion Burleson told The Associated Press late Sunday that the effort by emergency personnel turned from a rescue to a recovery effort.
Neighbors say the children, a 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, are cousins.
Neighbors told the WBTV crew at the scene a man is in the process of building a house and was digging out the basement when a wall of dirt collapsed around two kids.
Rescuers used shovels and climbing gear to try and get the children out.
"Because you can't see the children, you can't estimate how far down they are," Public Information Officer with Lincoln Emergency Management Dion Burleson said.
Neighbor Jennifer Hensley says she knows the two kids. She and her son, 9-year-old Alex, watched from their front yard as emergency crews rolled in all evening.
"I told [Alex] let's just wait and make sure what happened and then we will talk about all that in a serious conversation then," Hensley said.
Update: Charges Could Happen in Collapse Incident That Killed 2 Kids