Number of missing in Washington mudslide drops

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A road sign advising the closure of Highway 530 stands in view of a flag still at half-staff Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Darrington, Wash. One more victim has been recovered from the mudslide that hit the nearby town of Oso, Wash., March 22, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. Seven people remain on the missing list, the sheriff's office said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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A road sign advising the closure of Highway 530 stands in view of a flag still at half-staff Tuesday, …

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The number of people missing in the massive Washington state landslide has dropped to six.

The Snohomish County sheriff's office said Wednesday it has removed one name from the missing list. Earlier Wednesday, officials announced that the death toll had risen to 39.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said it was identifying the three bodies most recently discovered and notifying families. They could be among those listed as missing, but officials didn't say if one of them led to the list being whittled down.

Incident management team spokeswoman Koshare Eagle says one body was found Monday and two were found Tuesday in the southeast corner of the debris field where the Corps of Engineers erected a berm last week.

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