(Reuters) – Seven more people were confirmed dead over the last 24 hours, bringing the number of fatalities from the powerful Joplin tornado to 139, the city said on Saturday.
The tornado, already the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947, injured more than 900 people, though officials said that figure could be higher because some people did not go to hospitals.
Officials said they have 142 sets of remains but a few of those may be body parts from one person in different sets.
Authorities said they had notified the families of 48 of the victims that their loved one had been positively identified. Some of the bodies are in such bad shape that officials are using DNA, medical records, and even distinctive tattoos to identify them.