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SHERIFF: Camp Fire deaths revised from 86 to 85

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release a revision to the number of known Camp Fire deaths from 86 to 85.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 2:26 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2019 10:44 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release a revision to the number of known Camp Fire deaths from 86 to 85.

After consulting with Anthropologists from the California State University, Chico Human Identification Lab, it was determined that one of the cases previously classified as “unidentified,” is actually a bone fragment belonging to 74-year-old Robert Quinn, of Paradise, according to investigators. Quinn was identified as a Camp Fire victim on January 24, 2019.

The bone fragment was found among Quinn’s remains and at the time of the initial autopsy. Anthropologists initially believed it may have been a bone belonging to a separate victim because it did not seem to fit with Quinn’s remains due to a size differential, according to investigators.

Upon further analysis, the Anthropologists determined that the difference in bone size is attributed to shrinkage caused by the extreme heat of the fire. The bone fragment in question was too badly burned to obtain a DNA profile, however, the circumstantial evidence supports the finding that the bone fragment is part of Robert Quinn’s remains, according to deputies.

As a result, the total number of Camp Fire known victims now stands at 85 and the number of unknown deaths has been reduced to one, deputies said.

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