Over 200 people have been declared safe after authorities published a Lahaina fire missing persons list on Friday.
The Maui Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a list stating that 385 people are still unaccounted for, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. After the list was published, 245 of the people were marked safe but several other names were added.
Ahead of the list’s release, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said he believed that the number would drop to less than 100, FOX 25 reports.
“We’re heartsick but we’re still seeing the number of unaccounted for individuals drop,” Green said in a video message posted to Twitter on Thursday, according to FOX 25. “We’re going to get a big update (Friday) and pending that update, we think the number has dropped down into the double digits, so thank God.”
The FBI’s list only includes people who had their missing case reported by a person who provided their first name, last name and contact information, Hawaii News Now reports. Other organizations have compiled lists of more than 1,000 missing people.
The FBI and Maui police are encouraging people to provide DNA samples of their missing loved ones at the Family Assistance Center in Kaanapali.
“We need you, the public, to help us in this effort,” Maui Police Chief John Pelletier told Hawaii News Now.
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