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April 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Mudslide toll remains at 36; 35 identified

The death toll from the Oso mudslide remained at 36 this afternoon, with 35 identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Three additional people were identified as mudslide victims, including a man whose identity was unknown for more than a week.

Eight people are listed as missing.

Michael W. Pearson, 74, Mark Gustafson, 55, and Bonnie Gullikson, 91, were identified as mudslide victims.

Pearson, of Darrington, was previously listed as “unidentified with extensive dental work with gold fillings,” according to the medical examiner’s office. Authorities said last week they weren’t sure if his identity would ever be determined.

Last week, neighbor Ruth Hargrave, who wasn’t at her cabin during the slide, described Pearson as a loner so good at hunting, fishing and chopping wood he could have lived off the land. She said he’d occasionally join them for dinner on their deck.

Gustafson, of Arlington, was found Wednesday morning, his brother-in-law Doug Smith said. Family members knew it was him because of the tattoo on his shoulder, Smith said. Relatives said he was a construction worker who lived alone, and he had one daughter and three sons.

Gullikson, of Arlington, lived on Highway 530 with her husband, Larry Gullikson, 81, who was injured.

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