• Brothers with missing parents hope for the best, prepare for the worst

    By: Natasha Chen


    LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Steven and Rod Halstead have not heard from their father and his wife since before the deadly mudslide in Oso Saturday morning.

     Calls to their cell phones have gone unreturned.

     Their father, Jerry Halstead, and his wife Gloria, are among the 90 people confirmed missing.

     The last time Steven talked to his father was Friday night. He said Jerry Halstead has a sharp sense of humor. Both husband and wife are retired from Boeing.

     “Never give up hope,” Steven Halstead said, “I’d really like to hear they’re laying in a hospital somewhere and haven’t been ID’d.”

     His brother Rod tried to search through the rubble Tuesday but was turned away.

     Rod told KIRO 7 at a vigil Tuesday night that they threatened him with arrest if he crossed the barricade into the dangerous slide zone.

     Steven is taking a different approach. He’s staying back, letting rescue crews do their jobs.

     He can also almost hear his father: “Get your butt back to work, and don’t worry about it. That’s what dad would say.”

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