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Number of Missing in Wash. Mudslide: Now 108

Officials are working through a pretty hefty list
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
Number of Missing in Wash. Mudslide: Now 108
Brian Anderson, left, and Coby Young search through the wreckage of a home belonging to the Kuntz family Sunday, March 23, 2014, near Oso, Wash. The entire Kuntz family was at a baseball game Saturday morning when a fatal mudslide swept through the area. The family returned Sunday to search through...   (Genna Martin)

(Newser) – Authorities say there are 108 names on the list of people who've been reported missing or unaccounted for in the weekend mudslide in Washington state. Snohomish County emergency management director John Pennington says that doesn't mean there are 108 injuries or fatalities. But he says it's the consolidated list of those reported missing from various sources that authorities are working from.

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Pennington says that because the slide occurred on a Saturday morning, more people were likely to be home. At least eight people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed. (Read more Washington state stories.)

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