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Oklahoma tornadoes: More storm victims are identified

The death toll from Friday's tornadoes and flooding remained at 20 while a search for three more flood victims continued. Nineteen victims have been identified.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: June 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm •  Published: June 6, 2013

Nineteen of the 20 victims of Friday's tornadoes and storms have been identified, the state medical examiner reported Wednesday.

Still unidentified was a girl whose body was recovered Wednesday from the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

Searches for three other flood victims continue.

• Recovered earlier from the Oklahoma River were drowning victims Timothy Shrum, 21, and Cory Don Johnson Jr., 3.

• Recovered from the Deep Fork River were Florinda Santos, 34, Brandon Santos, 8, Chris Santos, 4, Lesley Santos, 7, Samuel Enrique Cifuentes, 33, and Alex Cifuentes, 4.

• Eight of the victims were killed when an EF5 tornado hit Friday near El Reno. All were in vehicles.

• The tornado victims included William Rose O'Neal, 67, of El Reno, a retired federal prison counselor; Richard Charles Henderson, 35, of Hinton, a rancher and truck driver; and Dustin Heath Bridges, 32, of Wilburton, an oil-field equipment company manager.

• Also killed were professional storm chasers Timothy Samaras, 55, and his son, Paul Samaras, 24, both of Colorado; and their colleague, meteorologist Carl Richard Young, 45, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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