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Washington Authorities End Mudslide Search

Washington Mudslide Transition
A search dog walks on a tree as the search continues for the remaining missing victims of the massive deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso, Wash on April 16, 2014. Ted S. Warren—AP

The hunt for bodies of victims in Washington state has drawn to a close, five weeks after the devastating mudslide that killed 41

After weeks of searching for bodies from the March 22 mudslide in Washington state, authorities are ending the search.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said the decision to quit was difficult as there were still two bodies missing, the Associated Press reports.

41 victims have been found, and 11 people were saved on the day of the mudslide. Hundreds of people and dogs have participated in the search since the March 22 disaster.

According to the Associated Press, a commission will independently review the incident, and it could take up to three months to clear all the debris. The disaster caused around $10 million worth of damage, and a further $32 million in recovery costs.

[AP]

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