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Death Toll Climbs to 27 at Washington Mudslide

A search and rescue crew enters the Oso mudslide site on March 29, 2014 in Oso, Washington. (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The official death toll from Washington state’s mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That’s up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

Workers are trying to improve the flow of the Stillaguamish River through the landslide at Oso to reduce flooding as they continue the grim task of recovering bodies.

The latest name added to the list is 58-year-old Brandy L. Ward of Arlington. Like the other victims, she was killed by blunt force injuries in the March 22 slide.

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