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Mar 31, 2014 7:54 PM by Andy Koen

Ft. Carson soldier searches for son in mudslide area

OSO, WASHINGTON - A Fort Carson soldier is in Washington state searching for his teenage son. Staff Sergeant Jose Mangual has been part of the search party since last Monday looking for 13-year-old son Jovan.

The teen was living in Oso with his mother and stepfather Jonielle and Billy Spillers. Billy was at home Jovan and his siblings, when the mud slide hit. Jonielle was away at the time, and a 4 year old boy named Jacob was rescued by a helicopter. The remains of another child, 5-year old Kaylee were recently recovered.

SSG Mangual says the search has been time consuming because heavy equipment is needed to move all of the earth and debris.

"They used the dogs to try to hit, but um they found his sister," he said. "We've been working in that vicinity to try see if I can locate my son."

Mangual describes as a happy kid who loves sports, especially football. He also enjoyed riding his skateboard and motorcycle.

Family friends back home at Fort Carson have created page on the website youcaring.com to help defray the personal financial expense associated with the search effort.

"Jose goes out at sun up, looks for him all day long," said friend Nicole Ponce. "He comes in at sun down gets his rest and goes right back at it the very next day."

The specific page is titled Hope for Jovan Mangual, 13-year old Washington Mudslide Victim.

Meanwhile, SSG Mangual says he is very appreciative of the support the Army has given him while he searches for his son.

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