Washington Mudslide Death Toll Climbs, Yet Hope Remains

The grim death toll from the massive landslide in rural Washington rose Monday to 24 people, authorities said.

Gov. Inslee aerial survey of landslide site

Major General Daugherty and Governor Inslee took an aerial tour of the Oso landslide debris field. (Credit: Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee)

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of 17 of the victims and said it is working to identify the other seven people.

Four-month-old Sanoah Huestis was the youngest of the 17 victims who were identified. The oldest was 71.

Twenty-two people are missing, officials have said.

On March 22, a rain-saturated hillside along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way, sending a mile-wide rush of wet earth and rock into the outskirts of the town of Oso in Washington’s North Cascade Mountains.