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Authorities still searching, identifying victims of Washington mudslide

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DARRINGTON, Wash. (WKOW) -- Authorities in Washington state are still trying to identify bodies found in the aftermath of last weekend's massive mudslide.

The official death toll currently stands at 17, and authorities say more than 90 people are still missing. More than an inch of rain fell in the region where the mudslide occurred Friday, making the already-difficult search for victims even more of a challenge.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots says the tragedy and exhaustive search are taking a toll on rescuers.

"They're hurting. They're recovering friends that they know," says Hots. "It's a tight, tight knit community up there."

Officials say the number of deaths will not be updated until it comes from the medical examiner's office.
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