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Final Washington Mudslide Body Officially Identified

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UPDATE/EVERETT, WA. - The last body found in the Oso, Washington, mudslide has been officially identified as the 43rd victim.
The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Wednesday it has completed the examination and identification of 44-year-old of Kris Regelbrugge.
The office says she died of multiple blunt force injuries.
She was at home with her husband when their house was one of dozens buried in the March 22 mudslide. The body of Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge III was one of the 42 recovered earlier.
The active search for victims ended in April, but workers screening debris Tuesday found her body in an area where personal items belonging to the Regelbrugge family had been found.


EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Snohomish County sheriff's office in Washington state says search and rescue personnel believe they have found the last body from the March 22 mudslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington.
Although the search for victims ended in April, workers have been screening debris and watching for the body of 44-year-old Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge.
Details were expected to be released at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Everett.
Her 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.


SEATTLE (AP) - A team of scientists says intense rainfall likely played a major role in triggering a deadly landslide in the state of Washington.
The report released Tuesday says many other factors such as previous landslide activity also weakened the slope that collapsed on March 22, killing 43 people in Oso about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.
The team says the slide, the deadliest in U.S. history, occurred in two major stages. A fast-moving mudflow remobilized a 2006 slide, bringing down old slide deposits across the valley. Another slide followed a few minutes later.
The report makes several broad recommendations that include doing an examination of landslide risks and communicating the information to the public.