Number of dead in mudslide reaches 30; number of missing drops
OSO, Wash. - The death toll from the March 22 mudslide that buried a community at Oso has reached 30, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday.
Of those, 27 have been positively identified. A 67-year-old woman and a 13-year-old boy are the latest victims to be identified.
Some 15 people remain missing - but one set of the remains found so far does not match with any description on the missing persons list. The medical examiners know it is a male, but they can't even identify his age range. Without possible family members to compare, DNA tests are useless. At this point, gold teeth are all they have to go on.
The updated death toll was released Thursday morning.
"We are working closely with the families and extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends during this difficult time," the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement.
The names of the 27 victims identified so far:
Gloria J. Halstead, 67, of Arlington
Jovon E. Mangual, 13, of Arlington
Katie F. Ruthven, 34, of Arlington
Delaney M. Webb, 19, of Arlington
Thomas P. Durnell, 65, of Arlington
Adam M. Farnes, 23
Lon E. Slauson, 60, of Arlington
Thom E. Satterlee, 65, of Arlington
Brandy L. Ward, 58, of Arlington
Gerald E. Logan, 63, of Arlington
Sanoah Huestis, 4 months, of Arlington
Judee S. Vandenburg, 64, of Arlington
Amanda B. Lennick, 31, of Arlington
Shelley L. Bellomo, 55, of Arlington
Hunter Ruthven, 6, of Arlington
Julie A. Farnes, 59, of Arlington
Alan M. Bejvl, 21, of Arlington
Leon J. Regelbrugge III, 49, of Arlington
Joseph R. Miller, 47, of Arlington
Summer R. Raffo, 36, of Arlington
Lewis F. Vandenburg, 71, of Arlington
Shane M. Ruthven, 41, of Arlington
William E. Welsh, 66, of Arlington
Kaylee B. Spillers, 5, of Arlington
Linda L. McPherson, 69, of Arlington
Stephen A. Neal, 55, of Darrington
Christina A. Jefferds, 45, of Arlington
All of the victims were killed by multiple blunt force injuries.
Officials said Wednesday they expect all remains currently at the medical examiner's office to be identified by later this week, except for the one man. Investigators are still working to determine his identity.
"We make no assumptions," Snohomish County Sheriff's office Sgt. Shawn Stich said, noting they will not give up the investigation.