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Man With Local Ties Found Dead in Washington Mudslide

 
Man With Local Ties Found Dead in Washington Mudslide
Posted Wednesday, March 26th 2014 @ 6am  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

A man with local ties has been found dead in the debris from the Washington mudslide.

John Regelbrugge III grew up in Esparto before spending 20 years at sea as a commander in the U.S. Navy.

His parents still live in Yolo County and two of his brothers spent the last few days searching the debris field.

They were the ones that made the discovery, finding John buried in debris with his arm over his face and his dog lying next to him.

The 49-year-old had just moved to take over the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

"He was hell on wheels when he was young," his father told our partner News10. "You would never have thought he'd end up an officer in the Navy. But he did." 

Search crews are still trying to locate John III's wife, Kris. They had five children.

Only one of them still lived with them and he had already left for work by the time the slide happened.

Over 100 people remain missing following Saturday's deadly mudslide in Washington state.  

Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots says two more bodies were recovered Tuesday.  

Chief Hots says another eight bodies were discovered but have not yet been removed from the rubble, bringing the suspected death toll to 24.  

He says no signs of life were found during yesterday's search.

 

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