139 Confirmed Dead in Joplin, 105 Still Missing After Tornado

A father breaks down talking about his two young sons who were killed during the tornado this past week in Joplin, Missouri.

The family thanked everyone for their help.


What a tragic story.

Missouri officials upped the death toll from Sunday’s devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri to 139 people this morning.

FOX 2 Now reported:

Officials in Joplin, MO have upped the death toll from last Sunday’s massive tornado to at least 139 people. The updated total that was released Saturday rose by seven.

The state has been working to pare down the list of people missing and unaccounted for in the wake of the disaster. The original list of 232 had dropped to 156 by Friday.

More and more of those killed in the storm are being identified. On Saturday, the state of Missouri released a list of 31 individuals whose next-of-kin had been notified of their deaths. The victims ages range from 6 to 92. The tornado was the deadliest single U.S. twister in more than six decades.

105 people are still unaccounted for.