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March 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Oso man believes aunt, uncle among the dead

DARRINGTON – Cory Kuntz, 43, fears his aunt and uncle are among the dead.

Their house, along with his own next door, were wiped out in Saturday’s slide near Oso. He says he and his wife and 15-year-old son could have met the same fate if not for his son’s high school baseball in Tacoma Saturday morning.

His house had been in his family ever since his grandparents homesteaded it in 1940.

Kuntz’s brother Kyle Kuntz drove Sunday from Snohomish to grieve with family in Darrington. A friend arrived at the mudslide scene about 20 minutes after the slide to discover a grisly scene.

“They only confirmed three deaths yesterday because they can’t identify everyone else they’ve found,” Kyle Kuntz said.

MORE COVERAGE:

Inslee: ‘The scope of this is almost unbelievable’

18 people unaccounted for in slide; voices heard, then gone

‘When the slide hit the river, it was like a tsunami’

3 die in mudslide east of Arlington, 6 homes destroyed

Five injured in slide are at Harborview Medical Center

Survivor tells of loud crack, wall of mud, house ‘in sticks’

Recent saturation of rain likely built up to fatal mudslide

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports

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