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March 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Dogs trained to find bodies join mudslide search

The King County Sheriff’s Office has sent four search-and-rescue dogs, all trained to find human remains, to Snohomish County to help in the search for victims of Saturday’s landslide.

Rescuers today are using helicopters, hovercraft, search dogs, sonar and technical teams to probe the ground for victims and survivors, officials said. Searchers going through debris have been sinking in the mud, which is 20 feet or more deep in some areas.

Officials in Snohomish County said eight people have been killed in the slide and this morning noted that there are reports of 108 people unaccounted for.

John Pennington, who heads the county’s Department of Emergency Management, said the reports are vague and insists the number of victims will not be nearly that large. He called 108 “a soft number.”

Chief Travis Hots of Snohomish County fire districts 21 and 22 conceded “the situation is very grim.”

“We are still holding out hope we are going to find people alive. We are still in a rescue mode,” Hots added.

Read more information about the mudslide here.

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