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Body might be that of last Washington landslide victim

By Dana Ford, CNN
updated 7:13 PM EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • It's been four months since a rain-saturated hillside in Washington state gave way
  • Search crews have been digging through deep mud and debris
  • Forthy-three people are believed to have been killed in the March slide

(CNN) -- Authorities believe they have found the final victim of a deadly landslide in Washington state.

A rain-saturated hillside along the Stillaguamish River gave way on the outskirts of the town of Oso on March 22.

Authorities announced Tuesday that workers found a body believed to be that of Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge. Local health officials will confirm the identification of the body once it's recovered.

President Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members on Tuesday, April 22, at the scene of the deadly landslide that devastated Oso, Washington, one month before. The landslide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused multiple deaths and massive damage. President Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members on Tuesday, April 22, at the scene of the deadly landslide that devastated Oso, Washington, one month before. The landslide crossed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and caused multiple deaths and massive damage.
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Chief: Devastation must be seen in person

"It is a testament to the persistence of the sheriff's office that today, four months after the slide, we recovered the final victim," Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said in a statement.

"The sheriff's search and rescue teams are true professionals. I am honored and humbled by their dedication and commitment to this community," he said.

Search crews had been digging through deep mud and debris, which was 70 feet thick in some places, to search for the missing.

Including Regelbrugge, 43 people are thought to have been killed in the March slide.

CNN's Matthew Stucker, Mayra Cuevas and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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