Waldo Canyon Fire: Police won’t confirm number of missing residents
COLORADO SPRINGS — Police confirm they found one body in a home located in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood after the Waldo Canyon Fire raced through the area. A second person is reportedly missing from the same home.
The news comes after FOX31 Denver was denied access to a list of missing persons by the Colorado Springs police. Officials admit they have a list in their possession.
Police now say there is the very real possibility not everyone made it out after flames demolished several neighborhoods Tuesday night.
At a press briefing Thursday, FOX31 Denver reporter Justin Joseph asked police for the number of reports filed by people regarding missing persons from the fire.
“Right now there is a small number of people we’re trying to track down and figure out where they are,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey.
Though police refuse to give an official number, they say “around” ten reports have been filed.
Someone familiar with the reports said a new system had been set up at police dispatch just to field reports of missing persons. The source, who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak on the issue, said they have a spreadsheet containing the names and dates of births of those missing.
Police declined to release to FOX31 Denver that spreadsheet or provide an official number of names on that list.
Fire officials hope to continue searching destroyed homes associated with some of those missing Friday.