Crews Find Human Remains in Wrecked Lodge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Crews have found human remains Tuesday after painstakingly sifting through the charred debris of a remote lodge that exploded and burned, killing three children.

Delta County Coroner Chalmer Swain says the human teeth and bone fragments will be compared with dental records, and DNA testing will be performed to positively identify them.

The Electric Mountain Lodge was leveled by the blast Saturday, which authorities suspect was caused by propane.

Twelve-year-old Leslie Ann Bilbrey, two-year-old Isaac Michael Watkins and 16-year-old Jamie Marie Reade all died. They were part of the same extended family that was visiting the lodge.

Lodge co-owner Mike Hughes remains hospitalized in serious condition in Grand Junction. His wife, Nancy, has been released.

Sheriff Fred McKee says the search will probably take the rest of the week.

About ten people are at the scene today, along with two small bulldozer-type machines.

The lodge is about 17 miles north of Paonia up a rugged, mostly unpaved road that's often impassable in the winter.


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