Last body in Washington mudslide found

first_imgSEATTLE — Searchers on Tuesday pulled what they believe was the last missing body from debris left by a landslide in Washington state that researchers said was likely triggered by heavy rainfall.The intensive search for the 43 people killed in the March 22 disaster in Oso ended in April, but workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge.Her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge III, also was killed when the slide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and decimated their home in the community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.“I’m humbled and honored that we are able (to) return Kris to her family,” Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said in a statement.Researchers said precipitation in the area in March that might have exceeded 30 inches was one of multiple factors that contributed to making the slope unstable. Others included groundwater seeping into the slide mass as well as changes in slope stress and soil that was weakened by previous landslides.last_img read more