Three of Those Dead in the Redwood Fire Identified

House burning behind grape vines.

House burning behind grape vines.[Photo by Michael Godinez]

Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

On 10-13-2017 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division was able to identify three of the eight persons located thus far who died during the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire which started during the early morning hours of 10-09-2017.

The following persons have been identified:

1. Kai Logan Shepherd (14 year-old male from Redwood Valley, CA) was found near his family residence in the 11300 block of West Road in Redwood Valley. It appears he was attempting to evacuate the area on foot when he was overtaken by the fire.

2. Roy Howard Bowman (87 year-old male from Redwood Valley, CA) was found in the burnt remains of his residence in the 4000 block of Fisher Lake Drive in Redwood Valley. The residence was completely destroyed by the fire.

3. Irma Elsie Bowman (88 year-old female from Redwood Valley, CA) was found in the burnt remains of her residence in the 4000 block of Fisher Lake Drive in Redwood Valley. The residence was completely destroyed by the fire.

Roy Howard Bowman and Irma Elsie Bowman were a married couple.

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11 comments

  • My heartfelt condolences to the Family’s.🕊

  • The ten fatalities id’d from santa rosa yesterday were all seniors 60-90. It seems that most of the deaths were older folks who needed help. It all must have happened so fast. So terribly sad.

  • Rest in peace.

  • R.I.P. Let this remind us to all keep our elderly and disabled neighbors in mind during emergencies.

  • Prayers for the family and friends

  • Clear link to donate help!

    Click on the “RED” name Kai to link to a generosity fund to help the shepherds. (Since kym only wants a sensational story, and won’t allow comments with link, and doesn’t clearly day that there is a link in the article)

    • Damn…I was trying not to sensationalize by pulling their photo on a press release. Instead, merely linking inside a press release to more information in another place on the web in hopes people would donate. If I wanted a sensational story, I would have done what other reporters did and took the photo without permission days ago when I first saw it but the first post clearly asked for people to “Please respect this sensitive information.” So I held until it was obvious the posts were speaking to the public and then only linked to it.

      I’m used to being criticized but…damn…that is particularly an unfair criticism.

      • Your ethics are golden, Kym, and your goodness radiates through your words. Take heart!
        That unfair criticism is based on personal assumptions far from reality.

  • HUMANKINDNESS

  • We also lost Janet Costanzo and Steve Stelter from 11300 West Rd. Family and friends are devastated. I pray for all the families affected. Condolences for those who’ve lost a loved one.

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