FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2011


Total of 87 deceased persons from the Joplin tornado have been identified and their next-of-kin notified

State officials release updated list of names of individuals whose next-of- kin have received notifications of their deaths

The Missouri Department of Public Safety today announced that a total of 87 individuals have been confirmed as deceased and their next-of-kin notified following the tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22.   On Thursday, May 26, Gov. Jay Nixon directed the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assume control of notifying next-of-kin.   As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, the deceased victims whose next-of-kin have received notifications of their deaths are:
Miguel Alvarez, 28, Joplin Sarah L. Anderson, 47, Joplin Grace Aquino, 46, of Joplin Robert W. Baker, 54, Joplin Robert E. Bateson, 45, Joplin Dorothy T. Bell, 88, Joplin Regina M. Bloxham, 55, Joplin Lathe E. Bradfield, 84, Joplin Leo E. Brown, 86, Joplin Hugh O. Buttram, 85, Joplin Tami L. Campbell, 28, Joplin Arriyinnah S. Carmona, 8, Joplin Moises Carmona-Navarro, 42, Joplin Shante M. Caton, 10, Joplin Trenton Caton, 6, Pierce City Raymond Chew, 66, Joplin Carolane J. Collins, 62 Eagle Rock Clyde Coleman, 72, Galena, Kansas Lois A. Comfort, 66, Webb City Keenan K. Conger, 49, Joplin Vicki L. Cooper, 59, Joplin Adam Darnaby, 27, Joplin Nancy E. Douthitt, 94, Joplin Ellen Doyle, 75, Joplin Richard A. Elmore, 70, Joplin Randy E. England, 34, Neosho Betty Fisher, 86, Joplin Marsha A. Frost, 32, Joplin Sebastian C. Frost, 10, Joplin Charles K. Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage Billie J. Gideon, 77, Joplin Paul E. Haddock, 63, Joplin Caley Lantz Hare, 16, Joplin Dorothy V. Hartman, 91, Joplin Glenn W. Holland, 60, Joplin Charlotte Hopwood, 84, Joplin Hayze Howard, 1, Webb City Harli Howard, 5, Webb City Thomas Russell Howard, 29, Webb City Melisa R. Johnson, 50, Carthage Cheryl L. Jones, 39, Altamont, Kansas James D. Kendrick, 63, Joplin Bruce A. Lievens, 48, Joplin Rachel K. Markham, 31, Joplin Nancy Martin, 52, Miami, Oklahoma Jesse L. McKee, 44, Neosho Randall E. Mell, 49, Joplin Ronald D. Meyer, 64, Joplin Ray Donald Miller III, 49, Joplin Doris Montgomery, 83, Joplin Edmond V. Mullaney, 82, Joplin Sharyl Nelsen, 34, Joplin William R. Norton, 18, Joplin Dennis M. Osborn, 34, Seneca Charles E. Oster, 77, Joplin Shirley Ann Parker, 68, Joplin James B. Peterson, 27, Joplin John H. Petty, 37, Neosho Natalia M. Puebla, 17, Neosho Shelly Marie Ramsey, 42, Neosho Loretta Randell, 54, Joplin Troy Raney, 39, Joplin Virgil T. Reid, 77, Joplin Johnny Richey, 52, Joplin Vicki Robertson, 66, Joplin Keith D. Robinson, 48, Joplin Virginia Mae Salmon, 80, Joplin Tonya L. Sawyer, 41, Fort Scott, Kansas Frances A. Scates, 70, Joplin Gladys J. Seay, 83, Welch, Oklahoma Daniel W. Shirley, 48, Joplin Judy Smith, 71, Joplin Nicholaus A. Smith, 23, Joplin Shyrell L. Smith, 68, Pittsburg, Kansas Steven J. Stephens, 28, Joplin Kayleigh Teal, 16, Pittsburg, Kansas Heather L. Terry, 36, Joplin John Thomas, Jr., 40, Joplin Sandra K. Thomas, 55, Carthage Margaret Tuit, 92, Joplin Michael E. Tyndall, 33, Joplin Darian D. Vanderhoofven, 45, Joplin Joshua D. Vanderhoofven, 1, Joplin Miles Wells, 49, Webb City Tiera Whitley, 20, Fulton, Kansas Zach Williams, 12, Joplin Charles W. Writer, 74, Joplin
 
The Department of Public Safety will release a daily update of those individuals confirmed as deceased as a result of the tornado, following notification of next-of-kin. The updates will be available on the department Web site, www.dps.mo.gov.

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