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April 15, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Death toll hits 37 in Oso mudslide

The Oso mudslide has claimed the lives of 37 victims, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said this morning.

The medical examiner’s office said in a news release that 36 victims have been positively identified. Seven people remain missing.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive Monday that flags at all state facilities in Washington be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in memory of the victims of the March 22 slide, according to a news release.

Inslee and other state officials will meet at the flag circle outside the Legislative Building in Olympia at noon Tuesday to lower the flags. The flags should remain at half-staff until the end of the day on April 22, or early April 23.

The flags will be lowered “as a symbol of our collective mourning,” Inslee said on Twitter. The directive also urges government entities, citizens and businesses to join in the recognition.

Anyone with questions about flag lowering should call 360-239-1317.

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