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  • Pair of local rescue dogs help teams in Oso, Wash.

  • A pair of search and rescue dogs and their handlers from Jackson County Search and Rescue are in Oso, Wash., helping teams search for human remains in the massive mudslide area.
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  • A pair of search and rescue dogs and their handlers from Jackson County Search and Rescue are in Oso, Wash., helping teams search for human remains in the massive mudslide area.
    The longtime members of Jackson County Search and Rescue reported to Snohomish County on Monday and will return Saturday, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
    The local teams are two of six Human Remain Detection dog teams from California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue working to assist in the recovery effort, the release said.
    Two teams from Josephine County, and a pair from Douglas County are also assisting, the release said.
    Thirty people have been confirmed dead in the Oso mudslide, which broke loose on March 22 above the Stillaguamish River and buried the rural city about 55 miles north of Seattle.
    According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, more than 600 people are helping search the square-mile debris field that is over 70 feet deep with mud in places.
    According to Associated Press reports, 15 people remain on the mudslide missing persons list.
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