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Obama stops to tour mudslide site in Washington en route to Asia

Snohomish County officials said Tuesday only two remained missing from Washington State mudslide with 41 dead identified.
By Frances Burns   |   April 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM   |   Comments

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EVERETT, Wash., April 22 (UPI) -- President Obama visited the site of the deadly Washington State mudslide Tuesday as he headed to Asia for a week-long trip.

Also Tuesday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office announced that two more victims of the May 22 disaster have been identified. As of Tuesday morning, 41 people had been confirmed dead and two were listed as missing, county officials said.

The president landed in Everett, Wash., shortly before 1 p.m. He traveled to Arlington, the town nearest the slide on Marine One accompanied by Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington's two U.S. senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

Obama's schedule includes a tour of the area and meetings with the families of victims. He was also expected to speak to emergency workers and volunteers who have been combing through the mud and debris to search for victims.

The medical examiner announced Tuesday that the bodies of Teresa Harris, 53, and her husband, Stephen, 52, had been identified. The couple's nephew, Christopher Dombroski, 20, who had gone on leave from the U.S. Army to help in the search, became an indirect victim of the slide when he took his own life in Capitol State Forest southeast of Seattle earlier this month.

The two people who remained unaccounted for were Steven Hadaway, 53, and Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge, 44, who both live in the slide area, the sheriff's office said.

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