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Death toll from Joplin tornado reduced to 161

Friday, November 11, 2011
Debris is loaded on a truck near 25th and Jackson in Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. A massive cleanup effort is underway in Joplin after a tornado destroyed much of the southwest Missouri city on Sunday, May 22. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)

Debris is loaded on a truck near 25th and Jackson in Joplin, Mo, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. A massive cleanup effort is underway in Joplin after a tornado destroyed much of the southwest Missouri city on Sunday, May 22. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett) (AP Photo)

Officials say the death toll from Joplin's May 22 tornado has fallen to 161, with the discovery that an Oklahoma man was included by mistake.

The city of Joplin said Friday the Jasper County coroner has determined that 56-year-old Kenneth James Henson did not die of tornado-related causes. Coroner Rob Chappel (CHAP'-uhl) told The Joplin Globe that Henson, initially listed as a Joplin resident, was from the northeastern Oklahoma city of Miami and died there May 28 of natural causes.

Chappel said the mistake was discovered during a review of names for a six-month memorial service being held Nov. 22.

Chappel was the sole designated official in charge of compiling the victims list following the tornado. He did not know how Henson's name had been included.

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