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First mudslide victims’ names released

First mudslide victims’ names released

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KGMI News Reporting, complied with AP News and ABC News

OSO, Wash. – The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office says it has received the bodies of 17 victims of the Oso mudslide.

That number is expected to go up as at least nine more bodies have been located.

The official death toll includes a four-month-old girl recovered yesterday.

Dale Petersen is the great uncle of Sanoah Huestis.

He says when he arrived on scene to help look for survivors, work had stopped and a firefighter informed him that they had found the baby girl’s body.

Sanoah was with her grandmother, Christina Jefferds of Arlington when the slide hit.

Jefferds’ body was also found.

The medical examiner’s office has released the names of four other victims.

They are 69-year-old Linda McPherson of Arlington, 55-year-old Stephen Neal of Darrington, five-year-old Kaylee Spillers of Arlington and 66-year-old William Welsh of Arlington.

The cause of death in each case is listed as blunt impact injury.

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