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March 27, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Thursday Memo: Many may never be found … Helped dog or stole it? … Dust storm season is here

One of the many things that are so haunting about the massive mudslide: Volunteer firefighter Jan McClelland said she doesn’t think the number of victims trapped in the mud is as high as the number of missing-person reports, which stands at 90 and at one point was 176. However, she believes most victims have not been found yet — and may never be.

The official death toll stands at 16 with another 9 bodies yet to be recovered. There are 90 people missing or otherwise unaccounted for, down from 176.

See all Seattle Times stories on the mudslide disaster starting here: Enormity of loss coming into focus

Dog thief or dog savior: A woman who took in a dog that was chained up in nasty and freezing-cold conditions outside a home in the Twisp area is on trial for pet theft and other charges. Judy Camp says, “I did the right thing for the right reason.” The owner said the dog was a guard dog and was treated as one. Camp faces three years in prison if convicted. The story is rather complicated. Have a look at the piece in The Spokesman Review.

Dust storm season? Didn’t know we had one, but it starts in the spring and lasts until fall in Eastern Washington. We’re mentioning this because three collisions injured seven people Tuesday because the drivers couldn’t see what was up ahead when a storm whipped up the dust near Mabton in Yakima County, says The Yakima Herald-Republic.

Weather: More rain and showers. This could go down as one of the wettest Marches we’ve seen in a long time, we think. National Weather Service forecast

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:

  1. 90 may be missing in mudslide, officials announce
  2. Heartbreaking search intensifies in mudslide zone
  3. State allowed logging on plateau above slope
  4. Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades
  5. Officials in denial on Oso slide | Danny Westneat

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Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com


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