About 100 people are still missing in the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. Officials have released the names of the missing people. Many are older people, in their 80s and 90s. The fires, near both ends of the state, have claimed the lives of at least 51 people, with 48 dead in Northern California and three in Southern California.
Friends and relatives seeking information about loved ones posted messages and photos in the Northern California town of Chico. “I hope you are okay,” read one note. Another had a picture of a missing man: “If seen, please have him call.”
Sol Bechtold is searching for his 75-year-old mother, Joanne Caddy. He said some of the missing people are not on the list released by the government. Caddy’s house burned down along with the rest of Magalia. The area is just north of Paradise, a town of 27,000, that was completely destroyed by the fire last week.
Bechtold said he spoke with the sheriff’s office Wednesday morning. They confirmed they have a missing person’s case on his mother Caddy. But Caddy, who lived alone and did not drive, was not on the list.
Greg Gibson was hoping to find information about his neighbors in Paradise. He wondered if they had tried to escape or had stayed a few minutes too long.
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