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Officials sifting through 108 reports of missing in mudslide

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(NBC News) - Authorities have collected 108 reports about people missing in the Washington state mudslide, but officials cautioned that figure is expected to "decline dramatically."

Officials had previously said at least 18 people were missing in Saturday's disaster in Oso.

They have since consolidated a number of official and unofficial lists of names to come up with the new figure, but emphasized that many of the reports were vague and possibly outdated.

"The number is — no question — going to decline dramatically," said John Pennington, director of emergency management for Snohomish County.

Eight bodies have been found so far. None was found overnight Sunday into Monday.

Monday's search and rescue operations will involve aircraft, search dogs, ground-probing equipment and heavy machines to move mud.

"We're going to be working very, very hard out there," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots

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