Oso body identified as Mount Vernon man missing since 2018

The body of Douglas W. Fister, 63, was found in water near the site of the Oso mudslide.

Douglas Fister (Mount Vernon Police Department)

Douglas Fister (Mount Vernon Police Department)

OSO — A body found in water east of Oso has been identified as that of a missing Mount Vernon man.

Douglas W. Fister, 63, left his home Nov. 16, according to Mount Vernon police.

He didn’t have a vehicle or family in his home city, and it was odd for him to stay away long. He lived with dementia and schizophrenia. His body was found this month by a worker in the 30500 block of Highway 530, near the site of the Oso mudslide.

Fister still had his wallet on him. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed his identity this week through dental records.

Due to the condition of the body, the cause and manner of death were not able to be determined.

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