A flag rests at half staff on a cedar pole, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, with the face of the massive deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso, Wash. on March 22, 2014 behind it.
Ted S. Warren—AP
April 21, 2014 11:58 AM EDT

The death toll from a March mudslide in Washington state has risen to 41, officials said Monday.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified and released the names of 39 victims so far, and it’s working on identifying the remaining bodies.

“We are working closely with the families of the remaining missing and extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends during this difficult time,” the office said in a statement on its website.

The mudslide destroyed more than two dozen homes when it occurred on the outskirts of Oso, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Seattle, on March 22.

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