Official Washington mudslide toll rises to 17

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says it has received the bodies of 17 victims of the mudslide that laid waste to a Washington town. The slide is believed to have killed at least 25 people, a toll expected to increase.

In a statement late Thursday, the medical examiner’s office said the new official death toll includes an infant recovered earlier in the day.

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Authorities have acknowledged at least nine additional bodies have been located. They warned that a higher toll would be announced Friday in the March 22 mudslide that struck the tiny town of Oso, 55 miles northeast of Seattle.