Search for mother trapped in fires ends in heartbreak


SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jessica Tunis screamed at her mom to expire of the burning home however Linda Tunis stated she was trapped, there was hearth in all places, and the very last thing she stated to her daughter was that she was going die earlier than the decision dropped.

The youthful Tunis instantly referred to as 911 early Monday, however didn’t know in the event that they rescued her sixty nine-yr-previous mother earlier than her home was leveled in wildfires that swept Northern California’s wine nation.

She turned to social media, together with a whole lot of others in search of family members. She posted an image of her mom smiling at a café with the caption, “Does anybody know if Journey’s Finish Cellular Residence Park acquired evacuated earlier than it burned down? I can’t discover my mother, Linda Tunis.”

The submit spawned greater than one hundred feedback, largely from strangers who provided encouragement and ideas, she advised an AP reporter Tuesday night time. Some even went to shelters to seek for the lady who liked bingo and the seashore.

“I’ve had individuals going to shelters for me due to Fb,” Tunis stated. “It does assist. For positive. Something helps.”

As of Wednesday, 22 wildfires have been burning in Northern California, up from 17 the day earlier than. The blazes killed no less than 21 individuals and destroyed an estimated three,500 houses and companies, lots of them in California’s wine nation.

Sonoma County authorities stated they didn’t have the assets to search for lacking individuals with fires spreading and extra evacuations.

Jessica Tunis hoped desperately that her mom was someplace protected, unable to inform individuals who she was. The household continued calling hospitals in search of Jane Does and hitting up evacuation facilities.

On Wednesday, her brother Robert Tunis picked via the particles the place his mom’s home as soon as stood, looking for clues to what occurred to her.

“She’s spunky, she’s candy, she loves bingo and she or he loves the seashore, she loves her household,” stated Jessica Tunis on Wednesday, crying. “Please assist me discover her. I want her again. I don’t need to lose my mother.”

Hours later Tunis texted an AP reporter to say her brother had discovered their mom’s stays among the many particles. Authorities put the stays of the sixty nine-yr-previous lady in a small white plastic bag and strapped it to a gurney earlier than taking it away.

Jessica Tunis didn’t overlook to replace her associates on Fb:

“My mom’s stays have been discovered at her house at Journey’s Finish. Might she relaxation in peace, my candy Momma.”

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