Searchers find body of child killed in Oklahoma tornado

Searchers find body of child killed in Oklahoma tornado

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Ryan Hamil had been missing since a tornado hit Piedmont, Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 24.

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:55 AM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Oklahoma medical examiner’s office has raised the state death toll from tornado strikes earlier this week to 10.

Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said Thursday that a child was found dead. She says she doesn’t know the child’s name or gender, or where the child’s body was found.

Authorities in the Piedmont area have been searching for a 3-year-old boy who has been missing since the tornado destroyed his home Tuesday. The boy’s 15-month-old brother Caleb was killed and his pregnant mother and sister were critically injured.

The family huddled in a bathtub as the tornado swirled toward their neighborhood near Falcon Lake. The storm's powerful winds ripped the children from their mother's arms.

The storms that spawned the deadly tornadoes killed at least 16 people in three states on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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