Sheriff: Fire victim’s identity confirmed, family issues statement

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – Fire investigators found human remains in the ashes of a home destroyed by the High Park Fire, confirming their suspicions that one person had died the rapidly growing wildfire.

The remains have been tentatively identified as those of 62-year-old Linda Steadman, who lived at the mountain home.

According to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, Steadman’s home was contacted by emergency notification at 1:27 p.m. to evacuate the area, but the call was answered by an automatic answering machine.

Emergency crews attempted to contact Steadman in person when they began going door-to-door to notify residents to evacuate. Crews were unable to reach Steadman because a locked gate and the intensity of the fire.

Steadman’s family issued the following statement:

Linda Steadman, mother, grandmother, sister and wife perished in the cabin she loved. As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for the Steadman family, and they ask that they are allowed time to grieve privately.

The entire Steadman Family would like to commend all the firefighters and emergency personnel dedicated to saving lives and property.

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