Update at 4:45 p.m.:|
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office says the death toll for the Oso-area mudslide is now at 28. And the number of missing has dropped to 20.
This afternoon, the medical examiner’s office identified three more victims: Adam Farnes, 23; Lon E. Slauson, 60; and Thom E. Satterlee, 65.
Farnes was described by friends as a loving person who played bluegrass on the banjo, bass guitar, and drums. He worked at Mountain Lion Glass in Arlington.
His mother, Julie, 59, also died in the slide.
Slauson appeared in The Seattle Times in 2006 after a landslide diverted the river through his front yard, taking his driveway, outhouse and shed with it.
Army Corps of Engineers workers cleared, coaxed and fortified the new channel shortly after that slide, when it was clear the river was changing course. “They saved my house,” Slauson told the Times then.
Satterlee grew up in Seattle and joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, during which he suffered a disabling injury, said Debbie Satterlee. He was a leader of the Freedom County movement that sought to secede from Snohomish County in the late 1990s. A 1998 state Supreme Court ruling denied the claim.
His wife, Marcy, remains missing.
The death toll from the massive mudslide in Snohomish County has risen to 27, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The medical examiner is working to identify eight of those 27 victims. Officially, 19 victims have been identified.
The medical examiner on Monday released the names of 22 people still believed missing in the slide.
A woman who was missing, but not on the list of 22, was identified overnight as Brandy Ward, 58.
Ward was a retired nurse who had two grandchildren and five dogs, said Debby Rule, a former neighbor.
Ward was “an outdoorsy woman” who sewed and knitted, canned vegetables from her garden and made jellies that she’d give to neighbors, Rule said.
Her husband, Tim Ward, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a broken pelvis.
The medical examiner’s office says it expects to have an update at 4:30 p.m. today.