Hope fades for finding survivors of Guatemala mudslide

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SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Hope faded Sunday for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 87 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread across the enormous mound of earth and rescuers reported that the buried dwellings they reached were filled with water, suggesting anyone trapped inside would have drowned.

Authorities said about 300 people may still be missing. But they left open the possibility that many of them had simply fled and taken refuge with relatives without contacting authorities, or that they were not in the 125 buried homes when the mudslide struck.

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Hope fades for finding survivors of Guatemala mudslide
A fireman carries the body of a child recovered from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A fireman comforts a dog rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident, hauling some of his belongings, watches rescue efforts after a landslide hit Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers search for survivors after a landslide hit Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A body is pulled from under the dirt by rescue workers after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident holds onto her photo album that she recovered from her home, damaged when hit by a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Men pray during rescue efforts at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers respond after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse, affecting dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A rescue worker and resident dig into the earth in search of survivors after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Residents watch rescue efforts after a mudslide hit Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse on dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers pick up shovels during rescue efforts for survivors after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse on dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers search for survivors of a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Firemen carry a body recovered from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident holds up a photo of his neighbors to show rescue workers during a search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers and firemen search for survivors at the the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Friends and relatives wait for information outside a provisional morgue where the bodies recovered from the site of a landslide have been taken, in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over the Santa Catarina Pinula neighborhood known as Cambray, collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
Volunteer firemen carry a body recovered from the mud and debris after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rony Pu is rescued alive after a landslide at Cambray village, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, Guatemala on October 2, 2015. The landslide destroyed 60 houses killing at least seven people and injurering 25. An unquantified missing people were reported. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZAFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry a children victim of a landslide at Cambray village, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, Guatemala on October 2, 2015. At least seven people are dead and about 100 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and residents search for victims after a landslide at the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least seven people are dead and about 100 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Municipal firemen and a police officer recover a body from under the debris after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman stands amid the debris after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers take part in the rescue operations after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken during the search and rescue operation after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Women cry outside a provisional morgue in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 3 : Rescue workers and firemen search for survivors at the the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Volunteers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen and volunteers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A body is recovered from under the debris in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer takes part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Firemen carry a body recovered from under the debris in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers carry a body recovered from under the debris in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015 after a landslide late Thursday struck the village. At least 32 people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 03 : Rescuers removed the body of a victim of a mudslide in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015. The mudslide that occured on 01 October killed some 69 people and 450 are reported still missing. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 03 : Rescue workers and firemen search for survivors at the site of a of landslide in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015. The mudslide that occured on 01 October killed some 69 people and 450 are reported still missing. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Firefighters wait for instructions to start their turn at searching for survivors at the site of a mudslide as the sun sets in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
Rescue workers help a woman after she identified two family members who were killed in a mudslide as their bodies are retrieved in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
Rescue workers help a woman after she identified two family members as their bodies are retrieved from the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
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Rescuers decided to keep individual emergency workers, relatives and reporters off the increasingly foul-smelling mound of dirt 15 meters (yards) deep. Instead of digging by hand and listening for survivors, rescuers planned to use mostly backhoes and bulldozers to speed up the work of finding bodies.

"The people who could have been alive have drowned," said services coordinator Sergio Cabanas, explaining that rescue personnel on foot would be sent out mainly when a backhoe turns up a body. "Ninety percent of it we will do with heavy machinery."

The grim list of the dead identified so far included at least 21 children and teenagers.

It was discouraging news for those who still held out hope of finding relatives buried by Thursday night's disaster, which inundated much of the Cambray neighborhood in Santa Catarina Pinula, a middle-class community of government workers, salesmen, taxi drivers and cooks.

As time went on, hope of finding anyone alive dwindled.

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Welsar Nazario carries the coffin of his five-month-old nephew Alezandro Macario, who died in a mudslide, to the Santa Catarina Pinula cemetery on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A fireman holds a photo of an unidentified family as he searches the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
People wait for information about their relatives at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A doll and clothing lay in the mud as rescue workers continue to search the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
A relative places a five-month old baby Alezandro Macario into a tomb at the Santa Catarina Pinula cemetery on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, after a fatal mudslide. Rescue workers recovered more bodies early Saturday in the wake of a hillside collapse while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Welsar Nazario holds the coffin of his five-month-old nephew Alezandro Macario, who died in a mudslide, before placing it in a tomb at the Santa Catarina Pinula cemetery on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies early Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes on Thursday night, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Neighbors comfort each other as rescue workers continue the search at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. The death toll rose to 30 amid fears that hundreds more could still be buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A neighbor reacts as she waits for information about relatives as rescue workers continue the search at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. The death toll rose to 30 amid fears that hundreds more could still be buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)
A resident holds up a photo of his neighbors to show rescue workers during a search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident holds onto her photo album that she recovered from her home, damaged when hit by a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Workers place the body of mudslide victim into a coffin at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over the Santa Catarina Pinula neighborhood known as Cambray, collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Volunteers arrange coffins at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over the Santa Catarina Pinula neighborhood known as Cambray, collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Bodies of mudslide victims are lined in a row at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over the Santa Catarina Pinula neighborhood known as Cambray, collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 03 : Burial of a victim of landslide in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015. The mudslide that occured on 01 October killed some 69 people and 450 are reported still missing. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 03 : Burial of Cristina Cuyuch a two year old baby victim of landslide in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015. The mudslide that occured on 01 October killed some 69 people and 450 are reported still missing. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 03 : Coffins of the victims of landslide in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, are carried to the morgue on Oct. 3, 2015. The mudslide that occured on 01 October killed some 69 people and 450 are reported still missing. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Relatives attend the burial of 17-year-old Pamela Perez, victim of Thursday's landslide, at the municipal cemetery in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015. Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 32 dead. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives carry the coffin of 17-year-old Pamela Perez, victim of Thursday's landslide, to the municipal cemetery in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015. Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 32 dead. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives attend the burial of 17-year-old Pamela Perez, victim of Thursday's landslide, at the municipal cemetery in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015. Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 32 dead. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
View of coffins donated for the victims of Thursday's landslide at the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 3, 2015. Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 32 dead. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Men look at seven corpses, killed the day before in the village of El Cambray II by a landslide, at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least 30 people were dead and several hundred missing a day after a devastating landslide hit an area on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A security member looks at seven corpses, killed the day before in the village of El Cambray II by a landslide, at a provisional morgue in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least 30 people were dead and several hundred missing a day after a devastating landslide hit an area on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Empty coffins are prepared for mudslide victims at a provisional morgue inside a municipal building in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
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For the family of Manuel Sandoval and Maritza Aquino, the mudslide stopped everyday life mid-text, mid-sentence, mid-dream.

Their daughter-in-law, Tanya Garcia, had made her regular evening call to her mother to check how her blood pressure was. Granddaughter Melany Sandoval was texting a friend in another state in Guatemala. Suddenly the conversation stopped.

In all, seven members of the extended family are dead and four missing from the canyon home that Manuel Sandoval built 16 years ago, where he, wife Maritza, three sons and their families lived.

Pablo Sandoval, the only surviving brother, was at work when the slide hit and said he heard from a friend that there had been some kind of tragedy in his neighborhood. When he arrived home, he saw "nothing but dirt." It was his job to identify and retrieve the bodies. A large man, he handed out bear hugs and shared tears with scores of mourners at the wake in an open-air courtyard on the town square.

"We were a family of workers, fighters, from my parents down to the youngest," he said. "Very caring. The best."

While some families prepared to bury their dead Sunday, dozens more continued to wait outside a makeshift morgue as more bodies were brought in, hoping to find their loved ones.

One woman, Sandra Escobar, said her mother was inside viewing bodies in search of family members, including aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews. In all, she said, there were 20 relatives they had not heard from since the mudslide.

By Saturday night, residents were out in the town square in front of the looming white church with powder-blue cupulas, where many of the Masses for the dead would be held.

The central kiosk with the red tile roof was piled high with donated milk, juice boxes, clothing, toilet paper and rice.

People cried in the square and at the Sandoval wake, where volunteers cooked large pots of rice, beans and chicken and homemade tortillas. The extended Sandoval family first learned of the mudslide via a relative's posting on Facebook.

"Tell your relatives, there's been an accident," the posting said, according to Alma Salic, Tanya Garcia's mother.

Many drove all night from around Guatemala, some from San Marcos state and others from Peten.

Eduardo Perez, 17, who came to pay his respects, was uphill from the Sandoval home making dinner when the hillside fell. He and others ran with sticks to try to rescue the trapped, climbing onto to broken roofs to pull people out.

In one house, he pulled out a 17-year-old, two younger children and their mother.

A fourth child, a 15-year-old sister, was buried, Perez said. "You could only see her arm and nothing else."

The photographs on the caskets at the Sandoval wake showed their everyday lives cut short.

Sandoval held government jobs, and Aquino worked in a school for the blind. She was getting ready to retire.

Son Jose Sandoval, known as "Johnny," sold cellphone accessories and loved the Zacapa Gallos soccer team.

"My son-in-law and my grandson loved playing soccer together," Salic said. "He was good son-in-law. He took good care of my daughter, of his family."

Her grandson, Bryan Sandoval, 17, was pictured with a giant trophy from a band competition. He was a drummer. Older sister Melany, 19, had finished high school and was thinking about work and studying law.

"We were always together. We went on vacation as kids to my grandmother's hours in Zacapa," said cousin Karla Pirir Sandoval, 27.

She broke into tears thinking of all the holidays past. "Every Christmas they came for dinner with us."

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