rescuers work to recover bodies from mudslide

Darrington, Washington (CNN) -- With each passing day, the toll grows from a mountain that moved, a massive landslide that swallowed houses and trailers in Washington's Cascade Mountains.

At least 16 bodies have been recovered, another eight bodies have been located but not recovered. That toll is only expected to grow as searchers dig through a mountain of mud and debris to try to find the people who called the towns of Oso and Darrington home.

Some were from the area, and others were drawn by the remote beauty of the rugged Cascade Mountains. They were neighbors and, in some cases, friends.

Among them was a Navy commander with a love of the mountains and a retired couple living out their twilight years by spending time with their children and grandchildren. Then there was a 20-something and the man she loved, who were planning a wedding at the woman's family home.

 

With each passing day, officials say it's less likely anyone will be found alive. Officials say some victims may never be pulled from the mud. The slide already ranks as one of the worst in US history.

 


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