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Oso Mudslide Death Toll Rises to 17, 8 More Not Recovered Yet

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The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received the bodies of 17 victims of the mudslide that laid waste to a Washington town. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received the bodies of 17 victims of the mudslide that laid waste to a Washington town.

DARRINGTON, WA - The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received the bodies of 17 victims of the mudslide that laid waste to a Washington town.

The slide is believed to have killed at least 25 people, a toll expected to increase.
    
In a statement late Thursday, the medical examiner's office said the new official death toll includes an infant recovered earlier in the day.
    
Authorities have acknowledged at least nine additional bodies have been located. They warned that a higher toll would be announced Friday in the March 22 mudslide that struck the tiny town of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

The medical examiner's office has also released four more official identifications of victims from Washington state's deadly mudslide, bringing that total to five.
    
On Thursday, the medical examiner identified 69-year-old Linda L. McPherson of Arlington, 55-year-old  Stephen A. Neal of Darrington,  5-year-old Kaylee B. Spillers of Arlington and 66-year-old William E. Welsh of Arlington.
    
On Wednesday, the office identified 45-year-old Christina A. Jefferds.
    
The cause of death in each case was listed as blunt impact injury.
 

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