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March 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Mudslide death toll now 18; missing drops to 30

ARLINGTON — The death toll from last Saturday’s deadly mudslide has risen to 18 while the number of missing and unaccounted for has dropped dramatically to 30.

The new numbers were announced a short time ago during the nightly media briefing in Arlington given by Jason Biermann, program manager for the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

Biermann also revealed for the first time that in some cases only partial remains are being recovered, an indication of the force of the mudslide.

Biermann said another body was recovered today, but it won’t be considered part of the official total until identification is made.

As of Friday night, the county’s number of those missing and likely killed by the massive mudslide was 90. And the number of dead was 17.

Biermann said the number of missing could drop lower.

In addition, there are remains that have not been identified and not considered part of the official total fatalities. That number could be as high as 10.

The county considers a death confirmed only when a victim has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office, the family notified by a chaplain and the body released to a mortuary.

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