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No signs of life in Washington mudslide aftermath

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Washington state officials still have the death toll of those killed in Saturday's deadly mudslide at 16, but they know that number will rise as more bodies are located.

Ninety people are missing in the tangled mass of mud and trees, each with someone hoping their loved one will beat the odds, be the exception and be found alive. As dramatic as these images are, crews on the ground say it doesn't come close to what they're experiencing.

"You can't look at a photograph and understand it. You can't even look at a photograph and fully understand what's happened even by watching it on TV. It's unreal," said Chief Travis Hots, Snohomish County Fire Department.

The community is pulling together to help.

"I just felt that I wanted to come and help them so we are putting together care packages," said Kelsey Lee, volunteer.

"There are people that lived in that area that are survivors who lost family members that don't even have a home to go back to," said Mika Thomas, volunteer.

While the death toll officially hangs at 16, many more bodies are in the field of mud, including Dayn Brunner's sister. After searching for days, he helped recover his sister Summer's body last night.

"It brings closure to me. It brings closure to my family. There are still a lot of people out there. There are still a lot of missing people," said Brunner.

He'll continue with the search for other people's family members.

"We not changing the pace of this, and we're going to exhaust all options to try to find somebody alive," said Chief Hots.

For the missing, as long as there's no clear answer, there's still hope.

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