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Officials discover bone fragments at home of the Marshall fire's remaining missing person

It could be weeks or months before officials know the results of the scientific testing used on the bone fragments
Homes burn as wildfires rip through a development near Rock Creek Village Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, near Broomfield, Colo. Homes surrounding the Flatiron Crossing mall were being evacuated as wildfires raced through the grasslands as high winds raked the intermountain West. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Today, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office announced small bone fragments were recovered at the residence of the remaining missing person of the Marshall fire.

Officials believe Edna Nadine Turnbull, a 91-year-old woman still missing after the Marshall fire tore through Superior and Louisville on Dec. 30, returned to her home during the fire to rescue her dogs after being notified it was time to evacuate. 

Investigators and the Boulder County Coroner's Office have been searching her property in Superior since.

Today they announced small bone fragments were found at her residence but made assumptions the remains belonged to Turnbull. 

Investigators have sent the bone fragments to be scientifically tested to determine if they are human or non-human, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. 

It could take weeks to months before investigators receive the results of the tests, the news release states.

"We remain committed to seeking answers and closure for the Turnbull family," states the news release. 

On Jan. 6, Boulder County Sheriff's deputies discovered the remains of Robert Sharpe in unincorperated Boulder County. Sharpe was the only other person reported missing during the Marshall fire. 

Sharpe was last seen trying to fight the fire when he was warned to leave. Sharpe's brother, Milt Sharpe, told the Associated Press, his brother loved life but would have been willing to "suffer some injuries in a fire to save what was important to him." These important thing included various items from the many interests Robert Sharpe occupied himself with.  

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