25th Victim Located In Mudslide Debris; 90 Still Reported Missing


UPDATED: Thursday March 27, 2014 3:37 PM

Officials in Washington state say search crews have found an additional body in the debris field from Saturday's mudslide in the town of Oso about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

That brings the numbers of bodies discovered to 25, but not all have been recovered.

Meanwhile, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office has released its first official identification of a victim. The medical examiner says 45-year-old Christina A. Jefferds of Arlington, Wash., died of blunt impact injuries.

The county's emergency management director John Pennington days the list of missing has been reduced to 90 people. Authorities are also looking into a list of 35 people who may or may not have been in the area at the time of last Saturday's slide.

Washington state authorities say the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially within the next two days. Officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner's office has caught up with the recovery effort.

Authorities have acknowledged they might have to leave some victims buried in the debris.

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