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25th victim located in mudslide debris; 90 missing

Thursday - 3/27/2014, 3:40am  ET

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in Washington state say search crews have found an additional body in the debris field from Saturday's mudslide in the town of Oso about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

That brings the numbers of bodies discovered to 25, but not all have been recovered.

Meanwhile, the Snohomish (snoh-HOH'-mish) County medical examiner's office has released its first official identification of a victim. The medical examiner says 45-year-old Christina A. Jefferds of Arlington, Wash., died of blunt impact injuries.

The county's emergency management director John Pennington days the list of missing has been reduced to 90 people. Authorities are also looking into a list of 35 people who may or may not have been in the area at the time of last Saturday's slide.

Authorities have acknowledged they might have to leave some victims buried in the debris.

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285-a-03-(John Pennington, director, Snohomish County Emergency Management, at news conference)-"remains at 16"-Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says no more victims were found Wednesday. (26 Mar 2014)

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287-a-10-(John Pennington, director, Snohomish County Emergency Management, at news conference)-"at this time"-Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says the number of missing people has been reduced, but the total is still in flux. (26 Mar 2014)

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286-a-07-(John Pennington, director, Snohomish County Emergency Management, at news conference)-"well.org site"-Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says as officials narrow down a list of 176 reports of people missing, they're getting a clearer picture of who is still unaccounted for. (26 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WAEVE111: Heavy equipment moves debris on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, east of Oso, Wash. Washington authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing from the community wiped out by the mudslide. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan) (26 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WAEVE112: Searchers examine the area on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, east of Oso, Wash. The debris field is about a square mile and 30 to 40 feet deep in places, and includes quicksand-like muck, rain-slickened mud and ice. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan ) (26 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO WAEVE105: National Guard troops prepare to enter the mudslide debris on the western edge of the mudslide where it covers Highway 530 Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014 east of Oso, Wash. The debris field is laced with hazards that include fallen trees, propane and septic tanks, twisted vehicles and countless shards of shattered homes. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan) Photo taken 20140326 (26 Mar 2014)

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