How Washington officials count mudslide victims

    A glance at how Washington officials are counting mudslide victims
    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.

    ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Friday kept the official death toll from the Washington mudslide at 17, even though they have acknowledged a total of at least 25 bodies have been located. Here is a breakdown on how they are counting the victims:

    — The death toll of 17 comprises the remains that have been recovered at the scene and turned over to the Snohomish County medical examiner.

    — The medical examiner’s office had publicly identified five of those fatalities as of Friday.

    — Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots previously said searchers located the remains of at least eight other people, but they had not been recovered from the debris.

    — Reports of additional remains found have trickled in from families and searchers, but authorities are counting in the death toll only those that come from the medical examiner’s office.

    — The medical examiner’s office was expected to update the toll by Friday evening.

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