Thursday, May 26, 2011

232 still missing in Joplin, Missouri after tornado destroys city

Officials in Missouri have released a list of the names of people unaccounted for after a tornado hit Joplin.

Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director and general counsel Andrea Spillars says 232 are still missing. She said Thursday officials know some of them are dead, but she wouldn't say how many.

Spillars also would not say when a list of names of the deceased would be released.

Officials have said previously that they believe many of the missing are alive and simply haven't been in touch with friends or family. Spillars urged people to check in.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

More than 230 people remain unaccounted for four days after the deadliest single tornado in more than six decades tore through the middle of Joplin, Missouri officials said Thursday.

Andrea Spillars, deputy director and general counsel for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said a list of the 232 names will be released later Thursday. She urged survivors to check in. (read more)