Body of Navy career counselor recovered from Washington mudslide site

Rescue workers continue to work through mud on the west side of the Oso mudslide on Highway 530 on March 26. Washington Air National Guard members partnered with the civilian volunteers to continue to search the area.


By ADAM SMELTZ | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Published: April 8, 2014

Emergency responders in Washington state have recovered the body of Billy L. Spillers, 30, a former Canonsburg, Pa., man who went missing in the March 22 landslide about 55 northeast of Seattle.

Spillers, who lived with his family in Arlington, Wash., died of blunt-force injuries, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office reported Monday. The Navy career counselor is among 33 people confirmed dead. The medical examiner's office has identified 30 of them.

Those identified include Spillers' children Kaylee Spillers, 5, and Jovon Mangual, 13. His daughter Brooke Spillers, 2, is among about a dozen people still missing.

Rescuers saved a son, Jacob Spillers, 4, after mud and other debris overwhelmed the family's home and neighborhood. Billy Spillers' wife, Jonielle Spillers, also survived. She was working and not home at the time, according to friends of the family.

A fund established at YouCaring.com has raised more than $45,000 to support Jonielle Spillers and her family. Billy Spillers graduated in 2001 from Chartiers-Houston Junior-Senior High School, where former classmates held a candlelight vigil on March 28.


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