Man determined to find his brother lost in the slide


by KING 5 News

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 2:13 PM

DARRINGTON, Wash. – The hard rain hitting the slide area Friday doesn't seem to be slowing down volunteers, especially Frank Hadaway.

Trained search crews are moving in more and more to relieve the local volunteers who have been up on the slide all week and need some rest.

Amid the chaos, Frank Hadaway emerged Monday. He spoke about his first day searching for his older brother Steve, who was missing under the mud of the Oso landslide.

"I text him everyday. I text him every hour. I call and just tell him ‘we're looking for you,’” Frank Hadaway said. "I'm not going anywhere until my brother is found."

Four days later, nothing is holding him back even with the increasingly dangerous conditions caused by heavy rain.

Steve Hadaway was a Dish Network technician, working on Steelhead Drive when the mountain collapsed. His wife, brothers and two daughters are still looking but still have seen no sign.

There have been several setbacks. Frank was injured and airlifted from the dig site this week after he was hit in the head by a piece of debris whipped up from a helicopter blade.

"I was hit by what they told me was a door,” he said. “A full door."

Still, its not keeping him off the slide.

"The reality is there. I try, I actually try to block him out, so I can do what I need to do. Otherwise I'd just be useless," he said.

Waiting to dig another day, he has little to show for his efforts, but he holds onto one thing that may be most important of all.

"You have to have hope. That's what gets you through the day. Reality will set in but you have to have hope. We are all wanting him to come home,” he said.