Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said 60 people are still unaccounted for after a massive blast at a Texas fertilizer plant on Wednesday.
Twelve bodies have been recovered — most of them first-responders — but local officials fear the death toll could rise precipitously.
Cornyn toured the blast site on Friday, along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Afterward, he told The Dallas Morning News that 60 people were still missing, but that some of them may just be staying with friends or family.
"There are a number of confirmed dead but a number who are unaccounted for," Cornyn told reporters at a press conference.
Cruz said it was too early to begin assessing blame for disaster.
"We need to allow time for a careful investigation of what occurred. We all want to know what happened here," he said. "It would be a mistake to rush to a conclusion."