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Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

EVERETT, Wash. — The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which said all but three have been identified.

The latest name added to the list is Billy L. Spillers, 30, of Arlington. Like the others, he died of multiple blunt force injuries in the March 22 slide that crushed the residential area along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

His name had been on the list of missing.

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The number of missing on Monday was 12, said Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County sheriff’s office. However, that figure does not necessarily correlate with the number of dead, said Kelly Stowe, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. The missing list remains fluid as names are added and removed.

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Spillers was a Navy chief petty officer who lived with his wife, Jonielle, and their four children. She was at her nursing job when the landslide hit their house. The couple’s 4-year-old son survived and was rescued by a helicopter.

Associated Press