Missing persons number from Washington landslide falls from 90 to 30

By Rebecca Walezak,

Hundreds of family photos have been found after the massive landslide in Washington, helping to bring the number of missing persons down to 30.

According to the Associated Press, debris continues to be cleared by workers, and after confirming that some names on the missing persons list were duplicates, the number dropped dramatically from 90 to 30.

Authorities have also stated that more than two dozen bodies have been found, but they have not yet been added to the list of deceased persons because they have not been identified at this time. Authorities report that, unfortunately, those bodies are not always intact, making the identification process even harder.

“Rescuers are not always making full recoveries,” said program manager Jason Biermann. “Often, they are making partial recoveries.”

According to CNN, the community remains strong and is sticking together through these hard times.

“People say in times of disaster, it brings out the best and the worst in people,” Pastor Gary Ray said. “But I’m just seeing the best. I’m seeing patience and sacrifice.”

Volunteers have been reportedly collecting any found photographs to hopefully return to families.

 
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