Donor Pays Off $360,000 Mortgage Of Oso Landslide Victim

SEATTLE (AP) - An anonymous donor has paid off the $360,000 mortgage of a man who lost his house and his wife in a devastating landslide north of Seattle last year. The Seattle Times reports that the donor acted after seeing a news account about Tim Ward, whose wife, Brandy, was one of 43 people killed in the slide near Oso on March 22, 2014. Tim Ward suffered a broken pelvis in the slide. A spokeswoman for Chase Bank said the donor is an investor who is a client of JPMorgan Chase.

Ward has been living in Arlington with his dog, Blue, who lost a leg after being trapped in the slide for three days. State and federal damage assessments found that 30 of the 42 homes in the destroyed neighborhood were primary residences. None had landslide insurance. April 23, 2015