Number of missing from Joplin tornado drops to 10

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Posted: May 31, 2011 4:24 PM
Number of missing from Joplin tornado drops to 10

JOPLIN, Mo (Reuters) - Missouri officials continued on Tuesday the process of identifying the remains of bodies recovered from the devastating Joplin tornado and reduced the count of missing people to 10.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that 120 victims had been positively identified and their relatives had been notified, up from 113 on Sunday.

Officials have reported 146 sets of human remains from the tornado, a number unchanged since Sunday. There is a chance the remains of one person are in more than one set, they have said.

Officials on Tuesday said 10 people remain unaccounted for, down from 29 Monday. The official death toll was last reported at 139 as of Saturday.

The tornado that hit May 22 was rated an EF-5, or the strongest possible, and was rated the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jerry Norton)