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Wash. Official: Landslide Fatalities to Go Up Substantially

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Washington state authorities say the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially within the next two days. Washington state authorities say the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially within the next two days.

DARRINGTON, WA - Washington state authorities say the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially within the next two days.

Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far, but officials say at least nine more have been found as of Wednesday night.

According to Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots, officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner's office has caught up with the recovery effort.  He says the number of fatalities is expected to increase substantially within the next 24-48 hours, as the medical examiner catches up.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office has identified one additional victim so far, 45-year-old Christina Jefferds.

That are 90 people confirmed missing from the Saturday morning mudslide 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

 

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