Number of Missing Individuals in Maui Wildfire Reduced to 385, Contrary to Governor’s Estimate of Under 100

by Michael Nguyen
Maui Wildfire Missing Persons

The official tally of individuals reported missing in the wake of the Maui wildfire stood at 385 as of Friday, showing minimal change from the previous week’s figure.

A joint statement issued by the Maui Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted that 245 people originally included in last week’s publicly disclosed list of 388 missing individuals have since been located and consequently removed from the list. However, an almost equivalent number of new names were appended to the list, offsetting the reduction.

This latest number diverges significantly from Governor Josh Green’s prediction made just a day prior. He had publicly stated that he anticipated the list of missing persons would shrink to fewer than 100.

“We believed the numbers had been reduced to double digits, so we were grateful,” Governor Green communicated through a video uploaded to his account on platform X, previously known as Twitter.

The fire, which devastated the town of Lahaina within mere hours on August 8, has been declared the deadliest wildfire in the United States in over 100 years, with a minimum of 115 confirmed deaths. To date, 50 of these names have been made public, five have been identified but not publicly disclosed due to inability to contact next of kin, and the remainder are yet to be identified.

Initially, there were over 1,000 individuals deemed unaccounted for, as reported by families, friends, or associates. Authorities later refined this list to contain 388 names, deemed credibly missing, and released this data to the public last week.

Maui Police Chief John Pelletier announced on Friday that new names were added to the missing persons list, sourced from the Red Cross, various shelters, and parties interested enough to reach out to the FBI.

Pelletier also strongly encouraged family members of the missing to provide their DNA samples to aid in the identification process. “For those who are aware that a family member is among the missing, providing a DNA sample is crucial,” Police Chief John Pelletier conveyed in a video published on Instagram.

Kelleher reported from Lahaina, Hawaii.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Maui Wildfire Missing Persons

What is the current official number of missing persons from the Maui wildfire?

The official number of missing persons stands at 385 as of the most recent update. This number has remained relatively stable from the previous week’s count.

Was the recent count of missing persons in line with the Governor’s expectations?

No, the count significantly contradicts Governor Josh Green’s prior estimate. He had predicted that the list of missing persons would fall below 100.

How many people have been confirmed dead due to the wildfire?

At least 115 people have been confirmed dead, making this the deadliest wildfire in the United States in over a century.

What sources are contributing to the list of missing persons?

New names have been added to the missing persons list from various sources including the Red Cross, shelters, and parties who have contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Has the public been made aware of the identities of the deceased?

To date, 50 names of the deceased have been publicly released. Five others have been identified but are yet to be publicly disclosed, as next of kin have not been reached. The remaining names are still to be identified.

What are the authorities doing to identify the missing and deceased?

Maui Police Chief John Pelletier has urged family members of the missing persons to submit their DNA samples to help expedite the identification process.

What was the initial number of individuals believed to be unaccounted for?

Initially, over 1,000 people were reported as unaccounted for based on reports from family, friends, or acquaintances. This list has since been refined to contain 388 names deemed credibly missing, which was later updated to 385.

When did the wildfire occur?

The wildfire tore through the town of Lahaina on August 8, wreaking havoc within a matter of hours.

Who reported from Lahaina, Hawaii?

The report from Lahaina, Hawaii was provided by Kelleher.

More about Maui Wildfire Missing Persons

  • Official Statement from Maui Police Department and FBI
  • Governor Josh Green’s Prediction Video on Platform X
  • Publicly Released Names of Deceased Victims
  • Red Cross Updates on Maui Wildfire
  • Maui Police Chief John Pelletier’s Instagram Video on DNA Sample Submission
  • Historical Context of U.S. Wildfires
  • Lahaina Town Information and Impact Assessment
  • Kelleher’s Reporting Profile

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NatureLover September 2, 2023 - 9:10 am

The environmental impact’s gotta be devastating too. Wonder how long it’ll take for the local ecosystem to recover.

AutoFanatic September 2, 2023 - 11:54 am

They should really investigate what caused this. Was it an accident, or worse, arson? With so many lives lost, we need answers.

PoliticalView2023 September 2, 2023 - 12:56 pm

Looks like Gov Green miscalculated big time. I wonder what led him to think the numbers would be so low.

TechGuru89 September 2, 2023 - 2:54 pm

115 confirmed deaths and counting? That’s just tragic. My thoughts are with everyone affected. Hope they get a handle on identifying the missing soon.

EmilyInHawaii September 2, 2023 - 7:47 pm

Can’t believe this is the deadliest wildfire in over a century. Lahaina will never be the same again. so sad.

HumanityFirst September 2, 2023 - 9:03 pm

Everyone pls consider donating to Red Cross. They are doin vital work right now. every bit helps.

CryptoQueen September 3, 2023 - 4:10 am

Its surreal to see real numbers like this. kinda puts things in perspective about what’s really important in life.

JohnDoe2023 September 3, 2023 - 5:22 am

Woah, 385 still missing? That’s insane, especially when the Gov thought it’d be under 100. Not a good look for him for sure.


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