|March 31, 2014: An American flag hangs from the only cedar post left standing at the scene
of a deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that one additional victim had been found, though the number of people positively identified remained at 22.
An additional 20 are still listed as missing from the March 22 slide that collapsed a section of a hill and buried the community at Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.
On Tuesday, Steve Harris, a supervisor in the search effort, said workers had refined their search techniques in the last few days and were able to zero in on areas where bodies may be found.
“In these areas where we find logs and debris,” he said, “that’s where we’re finding human remains.”
With the water receding, rescue workers have been able to extend their search.
In addition, Mr. Harris said, rescue workers have taken advantage of tools that have been brought in, including sonar to search the water and an excavation equipment that has been placed on pontoons.
But he cautioned that “there’s a lot of material out there that very likely won’t be recovered.” – NY Times.