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10 More Bodies Found in Washington Mudslide, Unofficial Death Toll Now 24

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ARLINGTON, Washington — The death toll continues to rise following a massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., over the weekend.

Local search and rescue officials pulled two more bodies from the wreckage on Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to 16 since Saturday’s slide. An additional eight bodies were discovered on Tuesday, but search and rescue teams were unable to extract them, according to Trevor Hots, fire chief for Snohomish County Fire Protection District 21.

That brings the unofficial death count to 24

Search and rescue teams spent Tuesday battling rainy conditions in their search for missing people. As of Tuesday night, that number remained at 176 missing, although officials said they believe some of those reported may be duplicates. The rain turned many of the service roads used by emergency crews into a muddy mess, restricting access to some areas and creating a much slower-than-desired pace Read more…

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