Oso firefighter's wife, granddaughter among the missing

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 9:46 AM

On the list of people still unaccounted for in the State Route 530 landslide are two names that really hit home for first responders in Oso. A firefighter's wife and infant granddaughter are both believed it be missing.

Family members tell KING 5 that 45-year-old Christina Jefferds was babysitting her four-month-old granddaughter, Sanoah Huestis, when the earth started sliding above her home, just before 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Christina's husband is Oso firefighter Seth Jefferds. He works out of the fire station that sits just a few miles from their home and the site of the slide.

Jefferds and the baby's mother, who is his step-daughter, were both in town and out of danger when the landslide occurred.

Now, they are waiting and hoping for news about the rest of their family.

Seth's fellow firefighters told KING 5 he is not working or participating in the search efforts at this time. Instead, he is surrounded by family members and loved ones.

On Sunday night, Snohomish County officials announced search and rescue crews would be working through the night, looking for survivors.

They had previously called off the search effort during the overnight hours due to safety concerns, but changed their minds due to the number of people still unaccounted for.

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