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Washington Gov. Inslee Asks For Federal Mudslide Aid As Officials Find More Victims

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Search and rescue crews make their way toward the Oso mudslide site via flood waters on Washington Highway 530 on March 29, 2014 in Oso, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images) | David Ryder via Getty Images

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The official death toll from Washington's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

Workers are trying to improve the flow of the Stillaguamish River through the landslide at Oso to reduce flooding as they continue the grim task of recovering bodies.

The latest name to the list is 58-year-old Brandy L. Ward of Arlington. Like the rest she was killed by blunt force injuries in the March 22 slide.

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