JOPLIN, Mo. — Everyone reported missing since last week’s massive tornado in Joplin has been accounted for, and at least 134 people have been confirmed killed, state officials said yesterday.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety said the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the list of those unaccounted for, seven who were taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm, and three who later died in the hospital from their injuries.
More than 8,000 homes and apartments and more than 500 commercial properties were damaged or destroyed in the tornado.
Officials said the final 10 people on the list were tracked down by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which has led the effort to find the 268 people listed as unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.
“Our troopers worked 24/7 to locate these individuals and to bring relief to the families of the living and closure to the families of those who died,’’ Governor Jay Nixon said. “This was a critical mission that our Missouri State Highway Patrol performed exceptionally well.’’