Former Chartiers man’s stepson found dead in Wash. mudslide

  • By Mike Jones April 3, 2014

The body of the stepson of Chartiers-Houston graduate Billy Spillers was found nearly two weeks after the catastrophic mudslide in Washington state, according to a post on a fundraising page setup to help the family.

It was not know when the body of Jovon Mangual was found, but the posting on the website designed to help Spillers’ wife, Jonielle, and her surviving son, announced his death Thursday afternoon.

“I want to thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and generosity,” Mary St. John wrote on the website. “Jonielle and her family are so grateful for everything.”

Billy Spillers, who grew up in Chartiers Township and graduated in 2001, and his daughter, Brooke, remain missing.

Last Friday, emergency officials confirmed Spillers’ 5-year-old daughter Kaylee was found dead in the mudslide.

Jonielle Spillers was not home at the time of the mudslide. The couple’s 4-year-old son, Jacob, was rescued by helicopter in the hours after the mudslide near Arlington, Wash.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.


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