Remains found in search for people missing in Colorado fires

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Remains found in search for people missing in Colorado fires

Partial human remains have been discovered in the search for two people still missing after catastrophic wildfires tore through two Colorado towns last week, destroying nearly 1,000 homes.

Investigators looking for one of the two missing people uncovered the remains Wednesday in an area just outside the hard-hit community of Superior, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities haven’t released the identity of the missing person, but Sheriff Joe Pelle previously said officials had been looking for a man in the same region.

The local coroner’s office is working to identify the remains found — and determine the person’s cause and manner of death.

Authorities are still conducting a separate search for a 91-year-old woman reported missing in Superior.

That search has been centered on a home where Enda Nadine Turnbull was last seen shortly after the wildfires broke out.

Enda Nadine Turnbull
Enda Nadine Turnbull was last seen in her home before the fires broke out.
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Turnbull’s grandson, Joseph Henry Turnbull, told the Denver Channel that fire crews said they haven’t found any evidence of her remains at the scene.

The family have been calling hospitals in case she turned up there.

“Now that she’s missing, it’s hard to tell what to expect. I mean, we’re hoping for the best, for sure,” he said.

His grandmother and the other man are the only two people still missing a week after the fires erupted, forcing some 35,000 residents from their homes.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the fire destroyed almost 1,000 homes and damaged hundreds more.

At least seven people were hurt, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities say the two people unaccounted for is a remarkably low number of possible casualties.

The unseasonable wildfire erupted in and around the communities of Louisville and Superior at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and ripped through at least 9.4 square miles.

A home on fire in Colorado.
At least seven people were injured in the blaze.
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A man sifts through the remains of a home in Louisville, CO on Dec. 31.
A man sifts through the remains of a home in Louisville, Colorado, on Dec. 31, 2021.
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Experts said the region’s extremely dry autumn and winter coupled with high winds helped the fire spread rapidly in single-digit temperatures with six inches of snow already on the ground.

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