Number of missing in Oso mudslide drops to 13

Number of missing in Oso mudslide drops to 13
Workers use hand tools next to heavy equipment at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash. . (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) - The number of people listed as missing after the deadly March 22 Washington state mudslide has dropped from 15 to 13 on the latest list provided by the Snohomish County sheriff's office.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Friday afternoon it had identified 75-year-old Jerry Halstead of Arlington as one of 30 people killed in the slide. He had been on the missing list.

A call to the sheriff's office for clarification on the reason for removal of a second name was not immediately returned.

The medical examiner's office said 29 of the 30 slide victims have been identified and the names of 28 have been released. Officials were trying to notify relatives of the 29th victim before releasing that name.

Crews continue to search for bodies in the landslide debris that buried the community of Oso, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.