Army Staff Sgt’s Search for Missing Son is Over

Jose Mangual

13-year-old Jovan “JoJo” Mangual’s name has been added to the list of known victims who were crushed under tons of mud, trees and rocks in Oso, Washington’s mudslide on March 22.

JoJo’s body was found in the mudslide and officially identified on Thursday.

JoJo’s father, Army Staff Sgt. Jose Mangual, showed up at the site every day, wading through the debris looking for his son.

“I want to be there, I want to find my son. I wouldn’t do it any other way,” he said in an interview with CNN Monday.

Mangual searched through mud that was 70 feet deep in some places. “Of the five deployments I’ve been on, nothing compares to this,” he said.

Jose Mangual

JoJo was at home with his stepfather, Bill Spillers, and his 3 siblings when the landslide hit, destroying everything in its path.

JoJo’s mother, Jonielle Spillers, was out shopping and survived.

His 4-year-old stepbrother, Jacob Spillers, was rescued by a chopper crew in a scene that was captured on video and repeatedly aired on news stations across the country.

Jacob was on the 2nd level of the house when the mudslide struck, and officials speculate that may have been what saved him.

“I have no bad feelings just because [Jacob] got to get rescued and my son’s still missing. Nothing at all, I’m happy that he’s back with his mom,” Mangual said at the time.

The body of JoJo’s 5-year-old stepsister, Kaylee, was recovered. His two-year-old stepsister, Brooke, and his stepdad are still missing.

Mangual said he spent time with Jacob last week. He said the little boy is tough but he’s too young to understand the tragedy that befell his family.

“He’s too young, he doesn’t understand. I just hope in the future he’s able to overcome, because this is a lot to take,” he said.

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33 Responses to “Army Staff Sgt’s Search for Missing Son is Over”

  1. 1

    Ah man :cry: my lord …. praying for this man and family to get through this trial… :sad:

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    Sandra Rose says:

    He lost a son, but JoJo’s mother lost 3 children and her husband. I don’t know how I would deal. :sad:

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    capricorn83 says:

    Sad story all around

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    libra80sbaby says:

    Sandra Rose says:

    He lost a son, but JoJo’s mother lost 3 children and her husband. I don’t know how I would deal. :sad:
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    I would have to be somewhere heavily sedated. My heart goes out to the family.

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    Morning,
    JoJo’s body was recovered??
    I read the post twice it didnt say.

    I pray our good lord gives this man and all the Families in this tragedy comfort And peace

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    A.J. says:

    JoJo’s body was recovered??
    I read the post twice it didnt say.
    ___________
    Ditto. I assume they won’t be able to identify the body at any rate. Sad tho.

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    A.J. says:

    Good Morning Sandra!! :woot:

    Libra :hug:
    Luvn :kiss:

    All others falling behind :waves: wassup!!

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    kamadiva says:

    Morning All!

    So sad for all of the families!

  10. 10
    luVn_liFe... says:

    Morning AJ, capricorn 83,NASIR everybody else :wave:

  11. 11
    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    My heart goes out to this family :crying1:

    T-G-I-F Peepah :waves:

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    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    Morning :hi: *dramatically places hand against my FORD* Taken1 :hurl: all in the back of my :steer: on the way to the sitter this morning. I had to clean it up. She told me to go ahead and drop him off. She was going to clean him up and wash his clothes. She is a sweetheart. But now my car is sitting in the parking deck smelling like Kanye’s leather pants and Chris Bosh earing bykes :no: I have to get it detailed ASAP.

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    libra80sbaby says:

    Morning AJ!! :hugs:

  15. 15

    :no: this is too heavy for me. You lose your husband your kids. Bless that father but Good lord I couldn’t even imagine what that woman is going through, to lose 3 kids & YOUR HUSBAND..geesh

    I know if I lost my one and only I would be somewhere in the mental ward :cry:

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    libra80sbaby says:

    MisTaken…there is a NASTY stomach virus going around in several states. Be careful

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    Wasting time says:

    :hi: Roses

    I pray for this man, they mother of the 3 children and all the families and lives impacted by the mudslide. I pray for closure and peace.

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    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    MisTaken…there is a NASTY stomach virus going around in several states. Be careful
    _____________________
    :thinking: I was like this :hurl: and :buttshake: all this week. Just got better yesterday. I thought it was something else. Maybe I passed it on to him. Let me go research. Thanks

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    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    JoJo was at home with his stepfather, Bill Spillers, and his 3 siblings when the landslide hit, destroying everything in its path.
    ___________________________
    :wails:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Who wants to catch me up on the ratchet-ain’t-chitness & fawkery I missed the last few weeks??? :tea: :popcorn: :tea:

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    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    Soror I can’t. I been on an out. Working :whip:
    But the few times I have been in here consistently it’s been quiet or popping. Hit or miss :shrugs:
    I know it better be crunk today :huh:

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    I know it better be crunk today :huh:

    —————————-

    Why did I hear This chit poppin heah in Mike Jones voice while reading this :rofl:

  23. 23
    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    Cause I am low key ratchet :lol:

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    Buttercup says:

    Morning y’all. This story :brokenheart:

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    MisTaken if you nasty *closes housecoat* :winky: says:

    We gone die on hurr :wails:
    Got a quick (hopefully) 10 am meeting. BRB

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    Sandra Rose says:

    luVn_liFe says:

    JoJo’s body was recovered??
    I read the post twice it didnt say.
    ___________

    JA.J. says:

    Ditto. I assume they won’t be able to identify the body at any rate. Sad tho.
    ————

    JoJo’s body was found in the mudslide and officially identified on Thursday.

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    kamadiva says:

    :offtopic: Has anyone seen the vid of the April Fool’s prank (Prank It Forward) where a waitress receives $1K, a trip to Hawaii, a dream job and new car? I was in :crying: She apparently is selfless, raised her sister from when she was little, overcame an eating disorder, runs a not for profit yoga studio for people with eating disorders and waits tables as a living.

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    Smonae says:

    Good Morning :waves:
    Sandra
    AJ
    Luv
    Jenie
    Libra
    Taken
    Buttercup
    Wasting T
    Nancy
    Kam
    Tran
    Capricorn
    Nasir
    Bomb & babies :hugs:

  29. 29
    Wasting time says:

    Hey Smonae!! Happy Friday

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    Dem Babies Mama Bombshell Esq says:

    Smonae :hugs:

  31. 31

    Dayum. Was hoping for the best here.

  32. 32
    Just Looking says:

    So glad that he has the “closure” he needed.

    Lord help this man and the mother through their grief. :pray:

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    Nasir Rahim says:

    @Smonae What hatnaaaanannnnnnnnnnnn

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