Apr 3, 2014 1:40 PM by Andy Koen
OSO, WASHINGTON - Medical examiners in Washington State have added the teenage son of a Fort Carson soldier to the list of confirmed fatalities from the March 22 landslide. SSG Jose Mangual was among the volunteers who found his son, 13-year-old Jovan, yesterday.
Family friend Nicole Ponce wrote about the event on the fundraising website youcaring.com. She quoted him as saying, "My baby was found right on the spot that I said he was."
"I would like to thank everybody for their prayers and for their support. To my family all I can say is that I love you very much and I will never forget what my family and friends have done for me. My kids are my back bone and joe do will continue to be part of the backbone I will always love you son."
Jovan lived with his mother Jonielle Spillers in Washington. He was at home with his stepdad Billy Spillers and younger siblings when the slide struck.
Video captured by a rescue helicopter showed his little brother Jacob being lifted to safety. The body of his younger sister Kaylee, 5, was found earlier this week. Billy and 2-year-old Brooke Spillers are still missing. Jonielle was out of the house when the slide occurred.
Jovan's classmates have begun writing the number 10, his football jersey number, on their wrists in a show of support to the family. To date, donors have helped raised $5,300 to help support SSG Mangual and his family during his search.