Its been 5 weeks since a Mudslide trampled homes and claimed 43 lives. Out of those 43, rescuers and volunteers desperately dug and recovered 41 bodies. The search for the 2 remaining bodies has stopped while the rescue and clean-up teams regroup and rest.
Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said today that “its’ a difficult decision because two people are still missing.” So far, 41 victims have been recovered. He said 11 people were saved the day of the March 22 slide about an hour northeast of Seattle.
Trenary also said that with the remains of two people still buried under the rubble, the so-called “active search” has also been halted because of deep pools of water and adverse weather which has created dangerous conditions.
“Mother nature is what’s stopping us and it’s time to take a pause and take a break.”
Other authorities said the two remaining bodies may never be recovered, but they have not lost hope. Spotters will now continue searching “Passively” during the disaster clean up.
The two remaining bodies are Steven Hadaway, 53, and Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge, 44. Regelbrugge and her husband bought a home there in 2007, while Hadaway was installing a satellite dish for a woman who was also killed by the slide.