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April 3, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Mudslide death toll rises to 30

The death toll for the Snohomish County slide has risen to 30, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A 26th victim, Jovon Mangual, 13, was formally identified by the medical examiners. The boy was at the home of his mother, Jonielle Spiller, along with his stepbrothers and sisters when the mudslide hit. Spillers survived because she wasn’t home. Her son Jacob, 4, was rescued by a helicopter.

Her husband, Billy Spillers, Jovon’s step-father, is missing, as is their daughter Brooke, 2. Daughter Kaylee, 5, has been confirmed dead

Jovon’s father, Army Staff Sgt. Jose Mangual, described his son as a very happy seventh-grader with a love for playing sports, while Kaylee and Brooke tended toward dolls and drawing. Mangual arrived from Colorado last Monday to search for Jovon. “I’m not leaving until I find him,” Mangual said.

A 27th victim, Gloria J. Halstead, 67,  has also been identified by the medical examiners.

Halstead’s husband, Jerry, 74, remains missing.

Medical Examiner’s office staff are working to identify the bodies of three other individuals; an update is expected later today.

Thirteen people remain missing.

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