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Washington landslide death toll rises to 30

By Joseph Netto, CNN
updated 9:39 PM EDT, Thu April 3, 2014

(CNN) -- Another body has been recovered from last month's landslide in rural Washington state, raising the death toll to 30, Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday.

That count is up from 29 on Wednesday. Seventeen people are still missing, authorities said Thursday night.

A square mile of wet earth and rock rushed into the outskirts of the town of Oso in the North Cascade Mountains on March 22. The slide came from a rain-saturated hillside along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River.

Bodies were found in the debris, which is 70 feet thick in some places. Crews have been searching for people who are listed as missing.

CNN's Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

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