Deadly Mudslide

Baby Sanoah's Body Found in Mudslide Wreckage

Image: Sanoah Huestis
Sanoah Huestis, 4-month-old victim of the Washington mudslide, was confirmed dead along with her grandmother Christina Jefferds. Family photo via Twitter

The body of 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis has been found in the debris of the Washington mudslide, her family said Thursday.

The infant was in the care of her grandmother, Christina Jefferds, 45, when a steep hillside collapsed and buried a square-mile of the town of Oso under muck Saturday morning.

Jefferds' body was found on Sunday and she was the first victim formally identified by authorities.

The baby's mom, Natasha Huestis, who was at a yoga class when the mudslide hit, had helped rescue crews look for her child.

"We won't stop until we find her. She means the world to so many people. She's what’s keeping us going," she told NBC News earlier this week.

"We'll find her. She can't be far."

The official death toll from the disaster stood at 16 on Thursday but was expected to rise as the medical examiner processed more bodies that had been recovered. There are still 90 names on a list of those are deemed missing or unaccounted for.

Two funds have been set up to help the family: Donations can be made at any KeyBank for the Jefferds/Huestis fund, and a site has also been set up by family friend Dan Welty.

— Vicky Collins and Tracy Connor