Photo Essay

  • Brenda Neal inspects aerial photos of a massive landslide for any signs of her missing husband in Darrington, Washington, Mar. 24, 2014.
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and a small entourage walk eastward on a cleared swath of SR 530, toward the first house that lies in a heap across the highway in Oso, Wash., Mar. 24, 2014.
  • Natalie Reed, right, holds daughter Deja Reed, 5, during a prayer service for those affected by the Oso, Wash., mudslide, Mar. March 24, 2014.
  • A search and rescue worker returns via boat along a flooded portion of Highway 530 from the massive landslide near Darrington, Washington, Mar. 24, 2014.
  • Steve Skaglund walks across the rubble on the east side of Saturday's fatal mudslide near Oso, Wash. on March 23, 2014.
  • A general view of the breach where water from the Stillaguamish River is beginning to move through the dam created by a landslid, near Oso, Washington, Mar. 23, 2014.
  • Volunteers Frank and Rhonda Cook watch as the final body they recovered Sunday afternoon is lifted into a helicopter on the east side of Saturday's fatal mudslide near Oso, Wash. The couple started at 6 a.m. searching the area Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014.
  • A landslide and structural debris blocks Highway 530 near Oso, Washington, Mar. 23, 2014.
  • A view of the hillside that gave way and collapsed near State Route 530 near Oso, Washington, Mar. 22, 2014.
  • A general view of the area affected by a landslide near State Route 530, Mar. 22, 2014.
  • People stand near a debris from a house that was hit by a mudslide on Highway 530 March 22, 2014 in Snohomish County, Washington.
  • Kristopher Langton shares a moment with his son at a temporary Red Cross shelter at the Darrington Community Center in Washington, Mar. 23, 2014. Langton was one of the first to arrive and offer aid. Against the wishes of authorities, Langton says he traveled more than a mile across the entire mudslide, wading through debris and mud that resembled quicksand to help rescue four adults and an infant.
  • A flag sits atop what was Cory Kuntz and family's home, Mar. 23, 2014. The family was at a baseball game Saturday morning when the fatal mudslide swept through the area, destroying everything on their property. The area where the land broke away is seen in the background.
  • An aerial view of the Stillaguamish River and the extensive damage from the landslide, along State Route 530 between the cities of Arlington and Darrington, Mar. 22, 2014.
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Over 100 missing after deadly Washington mudslide

Updated
By msnbc staff

More than 100 people are missing following the deadly mudslide that hit Washington state over the weekend, according to officials.

Fourteen have been confirmed dead and 176 people are still unaccounted for after an enormous amount of mud and debris on Saturday wiped nearly a square mile in the town of Oso, which is about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

Officials told NBC News that they expect the number missing to “decline dramatically” as search and rescue missions continue. The operation to find the missing involves aircrafts, search dogs, heavy machinery, and ground-probing equipment to move the mud.

There were 49 residential buildings in the area that were affected by the mudslide.