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Victim’s family member tells reporter, ‘I’ve been searching everyday’

DARRINGTON — At least 25 volunteers from the community are part of the massive search effort to find the remaining missing people buried in the mud and debris near the town of Oso.

This is the second day that volunteers have been allowed to join in the search. Many of the volunteers know a friend or family member they still have not heard from since the slide.

Dayn Brunner said his sister, Summer Raffo, is among the missing.

“Me and my two sons went out Saturday and dug with our bare hands looking for her. We got halfway and we were out there Sunday again and Monday again. Looking. Looking. Looking. We’re finding all kinds of debris and cars and stuff like that but we haven’t found her. I’m not going to give up until I do,” Brunner said.

Brunner said Summer was driving along 530 at the time of the slide. Family members have tried to reach her by cell phone, but she has not answered their calls.

Other members of the community are coming together because they know someone affected. Bob DeYoung was out at first light for his volunteering shift and he knows many of the missing.

“Multiple friends from our church,” he said. “Business acquaintances and friends. I’ve got a buddy out there that still hasn’t been found. So that’s why we’re doing it. It’s tough for everybody but you got to do what you got to do. And this is a really close community. Everybody sticks together like you have already seen.”

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