Nadine Turnbull, 91, is believed to be the last person missing two weeks after the Dec. 30 fire that devastated Colorado, destroying about 1,100 buildings and causing an estimated $513 million in damage. Officials confirmed Friday that they are still looking for a missing person, but declined to give a name. However, Turnbull’s relatives have spoken with local media and confirmed that she is currently missing to The Associated Press.
The 91-year-old lived with her granddaughter on a plot of land where she had lived for decades, according to KCNC-TV. A family friend said that the couple lived on the land with a few horses, goats, and dogs.
KCNC reported the fire broke out just a few miles away from Turnbull’s house. A neighbor said that he was living on Turnbull’s next property in an RV and his family. According to the neighbor, he attempted to help Turnbull escape the fire on the day it started.
” It was like a freight train when it struck our house. Turnbull’s neighbor Scotty Roberts said that it was like a wall of flames. Roberts said that his family lost their home during the fire that ravaged Boulder County.
Roberts said when every structure on his property was on fire within about 20 minutes, he knew they needed to evacuate and realized Turnbull’s property nearby was likely in a similar state.
On his way to Turnbull’s home, Roberts said he flagged down a sheriff’s deputy and told him an old woman lived down the road and likely needed help. The men arrived at Turnbull’s home and helped Layla, Turnbull’s granddaughter, out. However, Roberts said that he saw a sheriff’s deputy who told him that Layla lived down the road and needed help. He also opened the door to let Layla out, which caused a surge of oxygen, which he explained to KCNC. Roberts stated that he could not stop trying to help Nadine Turnbull, even though the sheriff’s deputy said it was too hazardous to return.
When Roberts tried to help Nadine Turnbull out of the house, he said the woman’s dogs, attached to her hands by thei