Area native among missing in Washington State mudslide

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PITTSBURGH - A Chartiers Houston graduate and three of his children are among the missing after a mudslide in the state of Washington Saturday.

Friends of Billy Spillers said the 2001 graduate is in the Navy and has lived in Washington for the past few years.

The slide was reported in the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. Officials have said mud is 15 feet deep in some areas.

Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground made unstable by recent heavy rainfall.

Spillers’ wife and one of their children were not home at the time.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee described the scene as "a square mile of total devastation" after flying over the disaster area midday Sunday. He assured families that everything was being done to find their missing loved ones.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.