EVERETT, Wash. — The final person missing in a March landslide that killed 43 people likely has been recovered, the Snohomish County Sheriff said Tuesday.
The body of Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge, 44, was found early Tuesday, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said. Crews found pieces of Regelbrugge's home buried in the March 22 slide near Oso, Wash., which led them to the home's garage buried under more than 18 feet of debris.
"And that's where we found Kris," he said.
Although the search for victims ended in April, workers have been screening debris and watching for Regelbrugge's remains.
The family was notified that a body had been found at the site of the slide, which covered a square mile in dirt and debris about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, daughter Sara Regelbrugge said. But family members are waiting for DNA test results before getting their hopes up or commenting publicly.
The Snohomish County medical examiner will confirm the identification.
Kris Regelbrugge's 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.
Precipitation in the area in March that might have exceeded 30 inches was one of multiple factors that contributed to making the slope unstable, researchers said. Groundwater also seeped into the dirt and rocks that gave way, and previous landslides had weakened the slope's stability.
The landslide, the deadliest in U.S. history, occurred in two major stages minutes apart, according to a team of seven independent researchers with the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association who made their final report Tuesday.
The Seattle Mariners say they will pay tribute to the resilience of the people who live between Arlington and Darrington, as well as volunteers and first responders to the Oso mudslide during Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Mariners also will hold a moment of silence for the 43 people who died.
"I'm humbled and honored that we are able return Kris to her family," Trenary said.
Contributing: The Associated Press