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Death toll from Washington landslide rises to 36

By Chelsea J. Carter and Holly Yan, CNN
updated 11:11 PM EDT, Wed April 9, 2014
President Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members on Tuesday, April 22, at the scene of the deadly landslide that devastated Oso, Washington, one month before. The landslide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused multiple deaths and massive damage. President Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members on Tuesday, April 22, at the scene of the deadly landslide that devastated Oso, Washington, one month before. The landslide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused multiple deaths and massive damage.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 32 of the 36 bodies have been identified, Snohomish County officials say
  • 10 people are still missing
  • President Barack Obama will visit the area on April 22, the one-month anniversary

(CNN) -- The death toll from a massive landslide that struck in Washington state's Cascade Mountains rose to 36 on Wednesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner said.

Of those 36 bodies, 32 have been identified, county officials said.

Ten people are still missing after a rain-saturated hillside along the Stillaguamish River gave way on the outskirts of the rural town of Oso on March 22.

President Barack Obama has announced he will visit the area on April 22, the one month anniversary of the slide, and meet with search crews.

Search crews have been digging through deep, gelatinous mud and debris, which is 70 feet thick in some places, to search for the missing.

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