134 now confirmed dead after Joplin tornado

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 3:56 p.m. CDT; updated 5:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 1, 2011

JOPLIN — Missouri officials said everyone who had been reported missing since last week's massive Joplin tornado has been accounted for. At least 134 people are confirmed dead.

The Wednesday announcement came from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The agency has led the effort to track down the nearly 270 people unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.

The patrol says the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the unaccounted-for list, seven people who had been taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm and three people who have died in the hospital from their injuries.

More than 500 commercial properties and more than 8,000 homes and apartments were damaged or destroyed in the tornado.

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