Since the death penalty continues to rise in the most deadly firefight in California history, the North California sheriff has the county where the fire is still raging on Friday that more than 1000 people were still missing, an amazing increase from previous lists. 19659002] From Friday, 71 people were confirmed dead in the fire, sweeping through Paradise and surrounding areas on November 8th. About 500 specialists and more than 20 cadaver dogs combed burned hills and forest cuttings
The new list of those missing, stunned the most even officials who have investigated the devastation and expected the worst raised questions about who is on the list and how it was compiled. A new list of those missing had hundreds more names than a list that was released earlier. Why did it increase so dramatically?
Sheriff Kory L. Honea of Butte County said his staff revised the list by adding each person described as missing in every 911 call they received since the fire began, even during the panic when it first descended on the area.
“I give you the best information I have now,” said the sheriff. “We will not wait perfect to prevent progress.”
The Sheriff said Friday that officials had reported about 330 people on an earlier list of people who were not ready, but the total still grew on Friday as more names were added.
“This is a dynamic list,” said sheriff Honea. “It will fluctuate both up and down every day.”
Why putting people on the list of sheriffs are not sure they actually are missing?
The list contains people who may not know they were reported missing. Sheriff Honea said that his hope was that people who were safe and incorrectly classified as missing would check the list and call the sheriff’s office.
“We find that there are many people who do not know that we are looking for them,” said the sheriff. “That’s why we publish this list.”
Is there a pattern in the listed people like missing
Many are older. Of the 246 persons for whom ages were given, more than 200 were over 60. The youngest person on the list is 20 and the oldest is 101.
Eric Reinbold, Police Chief of Paradise , the city worst hit by the fire, said the new list stressed how many older people might have been caught by the fire.
“Like all societies, we had older people and some of them gave up driving or unable to drive “said Chief Reinbold.” There are a number of reasons why people are unable to evacuate on their own. “
How reliable is the list?
Like the escape from the fire itself, the search for The missing has sometimes been chaotic. A previous list published by the sheriff’s office included five people aged 119 years old. The five are still on the list of those missing but their ages have been removed. At least five names are listed twice and there are also question marks next to some people.
Has anyone been on the list?
A search via Facebook appears to indicate that at least one dozen people who survived the fire are on the missing list.
David and Frances Neil are listed missing on the Butte County list, but the couple’s son-in-law, Domonique Neil, said they were “safe and with family.”
When contacted The New York Times, Neil said she was not aware that the couple was listed on the Butte County list. “There are many lists that go around,” she said. “It’s hard to keep track of.”
The experience of the Neil family and others incorrectly reported as failure reveals a possible deficiency in the system: those who are safe have no incentive to check the list and help correct it.
Do officials have any estimates of what the final death penalty may be?
California has never seen a fire like this. The law enforcement officials are very reluctant to guess.
Chief Reinbold said he was unable to predict what the final figures would be. But he asks there is nowhere near hundreds of people on the list: “No one wants that number to be so high.”