(OSO, Wash.) — Four months after an enormous mudslide wiped out an entire Washington state community, recovery teams believe they have finally located the body of the 43rd and last victim.
Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge was among those who drowned in a literal sea of mud near Oso last March 22. The remains of her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge II, were found last April when crews initially called off the search for victims.
However, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said as excavation crews continued working, they turned up the Regelbrugges’ garage under 18 feet of debris.
That’s where they believe they turned up the body of Kris Regelbrugge.
Her family members said Tuesday that they were awaiting the results of DNA tests to positively identify the remains of the missing 44-year-old.
The site where 49 homes were buried under millions of pounds of mud and debris was declared a federal disaster area, and the cleanup is expected to take years.
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