10 more bodies found in Washington state mudslide

10 more bodies found in Washington state mudslide

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON - MARCH 23: In this handout from the Office of the Governor of Washington Jay Inslee, an aerial view of a mudslide and subsequent backup of the Stillaguamish river is seen on March 23, 2014 between Darrington and Arlington, Washington. Eight people have been confirmed dead and over 100 are still missing after a massive mudslide leveled homes and blocked a river and a road. (Photo by Office of the Governor via Getty Images)

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 9:18 PM

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials say searchers found 10 more bodies in the debris of a massive landslide, raising the number of people who died in the disaster to 24.

Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots announced the fatalities Tuesday evening after residents from the nearby logging town of Darrington spent the day helping rescue crews scour the muck for any sign of survivors.

The grim discoveries came three days after the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside about 55 miles north of Seattle.

Searchers had warned they were likely to find more bodies in the debris field, which covered a neighborhood of 49 structures. Authorities believe at least 25 were full-time residences.

They were working off a list of 176 people unaccounted for, though some names were believed to be duplicates.

 

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