A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from the now-barren hillside seen about a mile behind, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington authorities say the official death toll from a devastating mudslide remains at 16, with eight additional bodies located but not recovered.
Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington says Wednesday that the number of people missing or unaccounted for dropped Wednesday from 176 to 90.
He says the number of missing has been fluctuating, but authorities were able to eliminate 140 people who had been reported missing.
In addition there are 35 other people whose status is unknown.