Last missing child of former Canonsburg man among dead in Washington mudslide

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A former Canonsburg man and three of his children all have been confirmed dead in the massive March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

A 2-year-old daughter -- and last missing child -- of Billy L. Spillers, 30, was identified today by the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office. The girl, Brooke Spillers, died from blunt force injuries, according to the medical examiner.

Spillers, another daughter, Kaylee Spillers, 5, and his stepson, Jovon Mangual, 13, are also among the 35 dead in the slide.

His wife, Jonielle Spillers, and a fourth child were not at home when the slide hit. A donation site for the family has been set up.

Spillers was a Navy career counselor assigned to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility detachment in Everett, Wash., a Naval spokeswoman said.

He was a 2001 graduate of Chartiers-Houston Junior/Senior High School and an all-conference defensive end for the Buccaneers in his senior year. He also played basketball, school principal Philip Mary said.

Searchers with dogs continue to probe the debris field as the Corps of Engineers builds a berm to reduce flooding from the

Work started Monday on the east side of the slide with about 300 feet of gravel. When it is completed next week, the 2,000 foot-long berm will act like a levee along the Stillaguamish River about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, said Cameron Satterfield, a spokesman at the joint information center in Arlington. It will allow the corps to pump out a flooded area of about 34 acres so it can be searched for bodies.

Teams of rescue or cadaver dogs from all over the country have been helping search the huge pile of tumbled mud, broken trees and house debris.

Thirty-one of the dead have been identified and 11 people are still listed as missing.


The Associated Press contributed. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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