CHICO, Calif. - At a Camp Fire news briefing Wednesday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced that the number of unaccounted for has jumped to 196, an increase of more than 40. He said that's because investigators have finally cleared a backlog of information.
Meanwhile, the death toll remains at 88 for the third straight day after search crews Wednesday found no new human remains. Sheriff Honea said that gives him a high degree of confidence in the due-diligence of the search teams. In all, a total of 10,000 people helped search 18,000 structures.
"All of those locations where we had information to believe there would be human remains have been searched," Honea said. "In addition to that, all locations where we felt there was a higher probability there would be human remains have been searched. And finally, all structures where there is the possibility of there being human remains have been searched."
He said once residents return, there is a possibility that bones or bone fragments may be found.If that happens, Sheriff Honea said to call the Sheriff's Office and leave the bones undisturbed.