The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said Thursday it's not clear if the body is that of either of the two people remaining on the missing list after the March 22 mudslide. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office will be in charge of identifying the body.
The two who remain missing are 53-year-old Steven Hadaway, who had been installing a satellite TV dish at a home, and 44-year-old Kris Regelbrugge, whose husband also died.
Hadaway's brother John said he always believed Steven would be the last person identified. "That's who Steve is. That's his heart. And that's what he wants. He wants everybody to be home before him," Hadaway said.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton says the remains were discovered by a Snohomish County search and rescue sergeant who was on the field Thursday. Active searching ended in late April.
"It just happened to be that he was essentially in the right place at the right time," Ireton said.
The remains of 42 people have now been recovered. Authorities ended their active search efforts late last month, but work continues to rebuild State Route 530 through the area.
The slide occurred when a rain-soaked hillside above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way, obliterating a neighborhood in Oso, about an hour northeast of Seattle.
Hadaway expects to have DNA test results back in the next few days. "It's never going to be the same. It's the new normal," he said.