Navy Commander among Washington landslide victims

U.S. Navy Commander John Regelbrugge died in the Washington state landslide, along with his wife, Kris, according to family members. (U.S. Navy Photo)
U.S. Navy Commander John Regelbrugge died in the Washington state landslide, along with his wife, Kris, according to family members. (U.S. Navy Photo)

ARLINGTON, WA (CNN) – One of the victims of the devastating landslide in Washington State has been identified as U.S. Navy Commander John Regelbrugge.

His sister-in-law says Regelbrugge’s wife is still missing.

Regelbrugge’s body was recovered Tuesday by three of his brothers and his son, NBC News is reporting.

Meanwhile, rescuers continue to battle debris and mud in search of survivors of Saturday’s mudslide.

The landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2012) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Squirres checks in Cmdr. John Regelbrugge on the mess decks aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during immunizations. John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements for the presence in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2012) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Squirres checks in Cmdr. John Regelbrugge on the mess decks aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during immunizations. John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements for the presence in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
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