more bodies found, raising Calif. wildfire death toll
Middletown, Calif. — Authorities say two more bodies have been found in homes burned by a California wildfire, bringing the death toll from the blazes in the northern part of the state to five.
The Lake County Sheriff’s office says official identifications have yet to be made, but they are presumed to be the bodies of Bruce Beven Burns and former San Jose Mercury News police reporter, Leonard Neft.
Neft last spoke with his family Saturday evening.
Authorities earlier found his burned-out car on the route he would have used to escape.
Cadaver dogs found the bodies in the Hidden Valley area and the Anderson Springs area Tuesday night, Brooks said. Two more people remain missing.
Authorities on Sunday found the body of 72-year-old Barbara McWilliams in her burned-out home near Middletown.
About 170 miles southeast, in a separate wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills, two bodies were found inside burned-out homes, Calaveras County coroner Kevin Raggio said.
One of the victims was identified as 65-year-old Mark McCloud who was found inside his residence Tuesday in the Mountain Ranch area.
Raggio wouldn’t release the name of the second victim, also found inside a home in Mountain Ranch, because the family has not been notified.
The tragedy comes as firefighters gained ground on the massive blazes thanks to cooler weather.
Rain fell steadily on Wednesday at an evacuation center where hundreds of people were staying in trucks and tents.
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