published Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Authorities: Mudslide missing number drops to 90

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    This March 24, 2014, aerial photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the extent and impacts from the March 22 mudslide near Arlington in northwest Washington state.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

DARRINGTON, Wash. — Washington authorities say the official death toll from a devastating mudslide remains at 16, with eight additional bodies located but not recovered.

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says Wednesday that the number of people missing or unaccounted for dropped Wednesday from 176 to 90.

He says the number of missing has been fluctuating, but authorities were able to eliminate 140 people who had been reported missing.

In addition there are 35 other people whose status is unknown.

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