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Authorities say 2 new bodies recovered from mudslide, 8 more believed to be found

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    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)

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    A rescue worker is lowered from a helicopter, right, near Oso, Wash, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

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    A searcher steps off of his boat to look through debris.

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    Darrington High School students make posters in the wake of Saturday's mudslide on Highway 530 in Snohomish County, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

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    A search and rescue worker clears debris from a house Tuesday, March 25, 2014, on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck near Arlington, Wash., on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

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    Rescue workers remove a body from the wreckage of homes destroyed by Saturday's mudslide near Oso, Wash, on Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

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    Workers walk through mud as heavy equipment operators work to clear debris Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from Washington Highway 530 on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck the area Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

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    Thick, oozing mud is cleared from Washington Highway 530 by workers using heavy equipment, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck the area Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing, near Arlington, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

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    An intact house sits at left at the edge of the massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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    Searchers in boats and on foot look through debris following a deadly mudslide 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)

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    Workers using heavy equipment work to clear debris Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from Washington Highway 530 on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck near Arlington, Wash., Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

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A searcher steps off of his boat to look through debris.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. — Washington state officials say searchers have recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight in the debris of a massive landslide.

Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots announced the fatalities late today.

The grim discoveries put the official death toll at 16, with the possibility of 24 dead once the other bodies are confirmed.

Searchers had warned they were likely to find more bodies in the debris field, which covered a neighborhood of 49 structures. Authorities believe at least 25 were full-time residences.

They were working off a list of 176 people unaccounted for, though some names were believed to be duplicates.

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