Grim Search Continues in Snohomish County
Authorities say they expect to soon have an updated number of the people believed missing following a massive, deadly Washington state landslide.
Officials are working off a list of 176 people unaccounted for, though some names are thought to be duplicates, and the number should decrease. Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says they’ll have a revised figure later Wednesday.
Two additional bodies were recovered Tuesday, while eight more were located in the debris field from Saturday’s slide 55 miles northeast of Seattle. That brings the likely death toll to 24, though authorities are keeping the official toll at 16 until the eight other bodies are recovered.
Meanwhile Five people injured in the Oso landslide Saturday remain in a Seattle hospital.
Harborview Medical Center says a 5-month-old baby boy remains in critical condition Wednesday, but he’s improving in the intensive care unit. His 25-year-old mother also is in the hospital in satisfactory condition.
Harborview also reports a 58-year-old man has been moved out of intensive care and upgraded to satisfactory condition.
A 37-year-old man and an 81-year-old are both in serious condition in the intensive care unit. The hospital says the 81-year-old is improving.