232 still unaccounted for after tornado hit Joplin
POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:56am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:56am
JOPLIN, MO. — Missouri officials say 232 people are still unaccounted for four days after a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin.
Missouri Department of Public Safety deputy director Andrea Spillars says a list of the names will be released Thursday. She urged survivors to check in.
Officials said previously they believe people who are unaccounted for aren't necessarily dead or trapped in debris. They say many are probably safe and but failed to tell friends and family where they are. Cell phone service in Joplin remains spotty.
The city was hit by the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. since the National Weather Service started keeping records. It killed at least 125 people, and the estimated number of injured has climbed to more than 900.