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Police are still working to identify Paradise fire victims

Saturday officials identified a 68-year-old victim, but two of the 86 victims' identities remain unknown.

Posted: Aug 17, 2019 9:45 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2019 9:56 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -- For the last nine months, California Police have been working to identify the remains of the Paradise fire victims. Saurday. Officials from the Butte County Sheriff's office said they positively identified the remains of 68-year old Judith Sipher, bringing the total number of named dead to 81.

Three additional people whose remains were recovered after the wildfire are tentatively identified, but have not yet been named by the sheriff's office. Two of the 86 victims remain unknown.

Police said Paradise is the deadlist wildfire in California's history. The fire happened in November 2018 and destroyed 15,000 homes in Paradise and surrounding towns. Now detectives are using DNA testing to identify bone fragments of victims.

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