• Friends of Pittsburgh-area native missing after mudslide pray he's still alive


    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - The daughter of a Pittsburgh-area native was found dead in the Washington state mudslide search this week.
    Friends in Washington County, where Billy Spillers is from, are praying that he and his 2-year-old daughter, Brooke, and 13-year-old stepson, Jovon Mangual, are still alive.  The three remain missing.
    The body of Kaylee Spillers, 5, was recovered this week.
    Spillers' 4-year-old son, Jacob, was pulled from the rubble on Saturday.  Jacob was among the first rescued by helicopter.
    Spillers was a Navy chief petty officer who graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School.  The flag at the high school football field flies at half-staff, and people who know him are praying for a miracle.
    “There’s so much that goes through your mind, but there’s still hope,” said Mike Brodnick, a former basketball coach at the school.
    “We just hope and pray we hear good news,” said former classmate Scott Bard.
    Spillers’ friends lit candles and said prayers on Friday at the school.
    Spillers and his children were watching television when the mudslide hit, obliterating their street.  His wife wasn’t home, and she’s safe.

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