Mount Vernon, WA – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 30500 block of State Route 530 in Oso around 2:30 p.m. on April 11th, 2019 for reports of human remains found.
According to a press release from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the body was found in water by someone doing work in the area near the site of the previous Oso mudslide.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identification of the remains as 63-year old Douglas W. Fister, a reported missing person from Mount Vernon, Washington.
According to the Missing Person’s Flyer, distributed by the Mount Vernon Police Department on November 21st, 2018, Fister is said to have left his home on Friday, November 16th, 2018 and never returned. The release at the time said that this was unusual behavior for Fister because he often goes on walks to local stores but doesn’t stay away this long. He also did not have a vehicle or family in the area and suffered from experiences of dementia and schizophrenia and Police did not know if that contributed to his absence.
It is unclear how Fister ended up deceased in water in Oso but the Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit is investigating the case.