Death toll from large Washington mudslide raised to 16

Officials in Washington confirmed Tuesday evening that searchers had recovered an additional 8 bodies following a massive mudslide three days ago, reported the AP. 

The total number of deaths so far currently stands at 16, as authorities continue to comb through the debris field of the 49 structures devastated by the landslide in a rural area 55 miles north of the city of Seattle. 

So far search teams continue to operate off a list of 176 individuals who remained unaccounted for, though some of these may be duplicates. 

Another 8 bodies were believed located at the scene, which would bring the death toll to 24 once confirmed.

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