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Crystal Kilpatrick plants an American flag on the house of a family friend after the home was destroyed when a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 125 people May 26, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Kilpatrick said, she put the flag on the house for all the lives that were lost during the storm. The town continues the process of recovering from the storm. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Crystal Kilpatrick plants an American flag on the house of a family friend after the home was destroyed when a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 125 people May 26, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Kilpatrick said, she put the flag on the house for all the lives that were lost during the storm. The town continues the process of recovering from the storm. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — There are now 40 people who remain unaccounted for a week after a massive tornado hit Joplin.

Mike O’Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the number of unaccounted “just dropped” to 40 because of the latest deceased whose next-of-kin have been notified. The number had stood at about 100.

More than 130 people have been reported killed in the storm that hit Joplin a week ago. The DPS says 87 of those victims have been positively identified and families notified, as of Sunday morning.

The tornado — an EF-5 packing 200 mph winds — injured more than 900 people. Tallying and identifying the dead and the missing has proven a complex and sometimes confusing exercise for authorities and loved ones.

President Barack Obama was traveling to Joplin on Sunday to visit with survivors and family members.

Copyright Associated Press 

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