Washington mudslide death toll rises to 33

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Oso, WA, United States (4E) – The number of people killed in the mudslide that hit a community east of the rural town of Oso in Washington state rose to 33 as more bodies were recovered from the site.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said on Monday that 30 of the recovered bodies have been identified. The county sheriff’s office said 12 remain missing since part of a hill along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River slid into the outskirts of Oso burying homes under 30 to 70 feet of wet earth and rock stretching about one mile on March 22.

The latest victim to be identified was Billy L. Spillers, 30, of Arlington. The bodies of Spillers’ son Kaylee, 5, and his 13-year-old stepson Jovon Mangual were recovered earlier. His wife, Joielle, who was not at home at the time of the mudslide and survived. The couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Brooke, remains missing.

Meanwhile, a 58-year-old man injured in the mudslide was released from Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center on Saturday. Three people injured in the mudslide remains at the hospital.

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