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Number of Missing Now at 176
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2014
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, Media line: 425-359-9323
ARLINGTON, Wash. – At tonight’s press conference, Department of Emergency Management Director John Pennington confirmed that the number of unaccounted for is now at 176. Pennington stressed that this number does not reflect the number of expected causalities or injuries, but represents the number of names that have been reported by family and friends. The number of confirmed dead remains at 14.
Pennington also stressed that the call center (425-388-5088) is only for loved ones of the unaccounted and missing. Information about those who are missing will not be released to the public or media.
“We are asking that the media respect the privacy of those who are displaced and grieving,” said Pennington.
Pennington also asked that family members e-mail a photo of those who may be missing to DEMCallCenter@snoco.org, and include the person’s first and last name, as well any distinguishing marks or features.