LAKE COUNTY (KRON) — Officials in Lake County are reporting that they found remains in the rubble of residence that was burned down in the Valley Fire, and they believe they may belong to one of the two men that were reporting missing as the fire quickly spread and destroyed several communities.
Detectives made the discovery at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday while searching areas burned by the Valley fire, Brooks said.
An official identification has not yet confirmed the identity, but officials said there is enough evidence to believe that the deceased is Robert Taylor Fletcher. Fletcher was reported missing on Sept. 16.
On Tuesday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the photos of Fletcher and Robert Litchman, 61, of Middletown, and said that crews were searching for the two men.
The news came after it was reported that Valley Fire was listed as the third worst wildfire in the state’s history. Crews have battling the blaze since Sept. 12 and has taken the lives of three people.
The fire took the life of Barbara McWilliams, 72, who became trapped inside her home as the Valley Fire swept through her neighborhood.
Last Thursday the remains of Bruce Beven Burns and former San Jose Mercury News police reporter Leonard Neft were found in burned ruins bringing the death toll of to three.
As of Wednesday morning, the deadly firestorm has destroyed 1,910 structures and continues to threaten 3,043 residences.
The Valley Fire, which has torched 76,067 acres throughout parts of Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, is now 80 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
President Barack Obama issued a major disaster declaration for California Tuesday that will lead to federal funds for victims of the Valley Fire.