Final Body from Washington Mudslide Pulled from Rubble

A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from a hillside seen about a mile behind. (ELAINE THOMPSON/AP)
A flag, put up by volunteers helping search the area, stands in the ruins of a home left at the end of a deadly mudslide from a hillside seen about a mile behind. (ELAINE THOMPSON/AP)

Search and rescue personnel believe they found Tuesday the last body from the March 22 mudslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington.

Although the active search for victims ended in April, workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of Molly Kristine (Kris) Regelbrugge, 44.

Her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge III, also was killed in the slide that hit their home. His body was one of the 42 recovered earlier.

Her body was found about 8 a.m. in an area where personal items believed to belong to the Regelbrugge family had been located previously, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

The area on the west side of the slide site, south of Highway 530, needed to be secured for workers but they expected to complete the recovery by the end of Tuesday.

The Snohomish County medical examiner will confirm the identification.

“I’m humbled and honored that we are able return Kris to her family,” Sheriff Ty Trenary said. “I’m also extremely grateful to the communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington who stood beside us these past four months in our efforts to recover all of the missing victims.”

SOURCE: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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