(CNN) -- Peering across the devastated landscape, Cory Kuntz just shakes his head.
"When you look at it, you just get in shock," he told CNN affiliate KING. "You kind of go numb."
Kuntz lost his aunt and his home on Saturday when a rural Washington hillside north of Seattle gave way, crashing and oozing its way through the community of Oso.
Thanks to the efforts of friends and neighbors, his uncle's life was spared, though he was nearly buried alive.
"They heard him pounding on that roof. He had a little air pocket and a stick. He said he was poking up on it, banging on it," Kuntz said. "My neighbors and my friends came and started digging him out and just couldn't get to my aunt in time."
As the search and rescue effort carried into a fourth day, the number of dead and missing grew as hope of finding any more survivors dwindled.
With six bodies found Monday, the toll from Saturday's disaster grew to 14 dead, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said Monday at a news conference.