870 People Are Still Listed as Missing in the Camp Fire. Inside the Long Process to Find Them

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Source: Time

The list of the people unaccounted for after the Camp Fire in Northern California has dropped from more than 1,000 to 870, which may come as a relief to those who feared that everyone on the original list was dead. However, the decrease is little consolation for families still searching for their loved ones.

On Tuesday, relatives knew that the Paradise, Calif. home where Dorothy Lee Mack, 88, lived was destroyed on Nov. 8 in the Camp Fire. Nearly two weeks later, however, they still didn’t know where Mack herself was.

Mack’s family said that the days after she disappeared were full of confusion. When Mack was removed from the list of the unaccounted for this weekend, the family had to call the Butte County Sheriff’s office to let them know that they had made a mistake. The Sheriff’s office could not be reached for comment, but has said during press conferences over the last week that there may be errors as the list is adjusted.

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