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Washington Mudslide: Thirty-Nine Victims Now Identified

Image: Rescuers watch carefully as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by a mudslide in Oso.
Rescuers watch carefully as an excavator combs through the large debris pile left by a mudslide in Oso, Washington, April 4, 2014. Rescue and recovery efforts have entered their 14th day on the massive Oso mudslide with 30 confirmed dead and 13 still missing.MAX WHITTAKER / Reuters

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A woman putting the final touches on her dream home, an electrician making a Saturday house call and a 4-year-old boy are the latest victims of the Washington mudslide to be formally identified.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office positively ID'd the three people Thursday as Ron deQuilettes, 52; Sandra Miller, 64, and Wyatt Ruthven, 4.

They are among the 39 victims recovered from the March 22 slide that swept through the community of Oso.

Miller, was building a new home on the banks of the Stillaguamish River with her husband, Larry, 58. The couple was putting finishing touches on the house before moving in, and deQuilettes was there to work on the home's electrical wiring.

DeQuilettes leaves behind a wife, who he met 31 years ago, and four children.

Wyatt Ruthven was among three generations of family who died in the mudslide, including his parents, Shane and Katie Ruthven, his 6-year-old brother Hunter and his grandparents Louie and JuDee Vanderburg. Each was previously identified as a victim of the slide.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said they are still working with the families of the remaining missing.

ā€” Alessandra Malito

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