OSO, Wash.--The death toll in the Western Washington mudslide climbed by one on Wednesday. The death toll stood at 29. There were still 20 people reported missing.
Officials said good weather and receding floodwaters in the area helped search crews.
April marked nearly nine months since a man donated his leg to Spokane County to help train cadaver dogs. KREM 2 News learned the same dogs provided crucial recovery services in Oso.
Brent King said he had no idea how many lives would be impacted when he donated his leg. He said he just thought it was the right thing to do.
King’s leg is helping cadaver dogs give grieving families searching for a loved one closure. His leg has also inspired others to do the same.
Spokane’s intermountain search dogs and their handlers knew it was bad in Oso but they said they were stunned when they saw the destruction first hand.
The cadaver dogs got right to work helping several families find the answers they were so desperate for.
“It's not a great thing to have someone lost..but to bring a family closure is the bottom line,” said King.
King’s gift has inspired other patients requiring the amputation of a limb to follow his lead. An Idaho woman came to Spokane for her surgery on Tuesday. Sheriff’s Office officials were set to pick up her donation in April.