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Families mourn tornado victims


PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- The tornado damage in Parkersburg is absolutely incredible from the EF-5 tornado and 200+ mph winds.

It's been a very heartbreaking and emotional 24 hours for so many families in Parkersburg; particularly the Mulder family. The shell of a basement is all that's left of the home of longtime Parkersburg residents, Richard and Ethel Mae Mulder. Family members told us Mr. and Mrs. Mulder died in the tornado. Their son, Rod, talked about his parents death live Monday during the KWWL News at 6.

"But, they were not found in this home. The tornado literally sucked them out of their home," said Rod Mulder. "Mom and Dad were both found a distance from behind the house, and Dad a lot further away, and their van was found in debris on top of their house."

Rod says his parents were retired Parkersburg farmers and had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. At age 80, Rod says they simply were not able to make it to the basement during the tornado.

Three other victims from Parkersburg have been identified:  Ray Meyocks, 71;  Charles Horan, 72;  Shirley Luhring, 71.

The names of the two victims from New Hartford have also been made public:  Leasa Bleeker, 71; and Norman Beuthine, 48.

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