Oso, Washington, mudslide survivors starting to feel disaster's impact
Last Updated Mar 28, 2014 10:00 PM EDT
The body of an additional victim was pulled from the sodden debris in Oso, Wash., Friday as workers continued searching for the approximately 90 people who remain missing after last weekend's mudslide, authorities said.
But the official death toll stayed at 17 despite warnings that it was about to rise significantly, even as authorities said they had all but abandoned hope of finding survivors.
Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson said that he believed crews were finding more bodies in the mud but that the process from extraction to identification by the medical examiner's office was very slow. As many as 10 bodies