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Maui Releases Names Of 388 Individuals Nonetheless Lacking After Lethal Wildfire

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Maui County launched the names of 388 individuals nonetheless lacking Thursday greater than two weeks after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in additional than a century, and officers requested anybody who is aware of an individual on the listing to be secure to contact authorities.

The FBI compiled the listing of names. The variety of confirmed lifeless after fires on Maui that destroyed the historic seaside neighborhood of Lahaina stands at 115, a quantity the county mentioned is predicted to rise.

“We additionally know that when these names come out, it could and can trigger ache for people whose family members are listed,” Police Chief John Pelletier mentioned in a press release. “This isn’t a simple factor to do, however we need to make it possible for we’re doing every part we are able to to make this investigation as full and thorough as attainable.”

A further 1,732 individuals who had been reported lacking have been discovered secure as of Thursday afternoon, officers mentioned.

On Wednesday, officers mentioned 1,000 to 1,100 names remained on the FBI’s tentative, unconfirmed listing of individuals unaccounted for, however DNA had been collected from solely 104 households, a determine far decrease than in earlier main disasters across the nation.

Hawaii officers had expressed concern that by releasing an inventory of the lacking, they might even be figuring out some individuals who have died. Pelletier mentioned Tuesday that his workforce confronted difficulties in compiling a strong listing. In some instances, individuals supplied solely partial names, and in different instances names could be duplicated.

Hawaii Electrical mentioned in a press release it’s “very disillusioned that Maui County selected this litigious path whereas the investigation continues to be unfolding.”

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