Mud Cake

The Washinton mudslide 2014.

What was it?

March 22, 2014, a landslide that broke off a steep hill, roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried a community at Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

Why does it take so long to identify the bodies?

Dental work, fingerprints or tattoos, can take time and if that doesn't work, officials turn to DNA testing. But that works best in cases in which a close family member can give a sample for comparison. At the same time, detectives are working to help determine identities by using information from families, social media accounts and belongings from the site.
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