CHICO, Calif. — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):
Northern California authorities say more than 1,000 people are now on a missing persons list but stressed that it doesn't mean they are all actually missing.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Friday that a list that he released Thursday of 631 names has now increased to 1,011 names.
He called it "a dynamic list" that will fluctuate up and down and urged the public to consult the list to see if their names are on it and let authorities know if they are OK.
One man's search for his 75-year-old mother has ended with a phone call from an official with the coroner's office.
Sol Bechtold had gone to numerous shelters since the massive Nov. 8 wildfire tore into his mother's Northern California community of Magalia. He posted flyers on bulletin boards at shelters hoping someone would know his mother's whereabouts.
On Thursday, Bechtold went to the Butte County Sheriff to provide DNA samples. As he was driving back to his home in Pleasanton, California, he got a call from an officer with the coroner's unit of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. He told Bechtold remains were found in his mother's home, which had been burned down to the concrete foundation.
Bechtold said Friday it would take five to seven days for the DNA results to come in, but he said there was no doubt his mother was gone.
At least 25 people