All Oso Victims Identified
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Snohomish County medical examiner's office has now identified all 36 victims it has received from the Oso mudslide.
The office added the name Friday of 14-year-old Denver M. Harris of Arlington who was killed by blunt force injuries. Three weeks after the March 22 slide, eight people remain missing and a search continues in the debris.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee planned to visit the site Friday afternoon, spending time with school children and first responders in Arlington and Darrington. A computer simulation by the U. S. Geological Survey shows the landslide moved with surprising speed across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried the residential area as it spread out in the valley.
Gov. Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help.
The governor sought the declaration from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack late Thursday.
Inslee says the declaration could provide emergency low-interest loans and other help to cover losses of farm property or production in the county where the mudslide occurred, as well as neighboring counties.
The area is known for its hay crops, Christmas trees, and pasture land. Dairies, sheep farms and other livestock operations are in the area.