Father's Desperate Search Comes to a Tragic End After Wife and Daughters Confirmed Dead in Tennessee Wildfire
A mother and her two young daughters are among the 14 victims of the Tennessee wildfire
A mother and her two young daughters are among the 14 victims of the Tennessee wildfire, local officials confirmed on Saturday.
The bodies of Constance Reed, 34, and her daughters, Chloe, 12, and Lily, 9, were discovered at their home in Gatlinburg, according to AL.com.
Michael Reed, Constance’s husband and father of the two girls, was with his son and was unable to get home after the blaze began.
The three had been missing since Nov. 28 when the wildfire tore though the Great Smoky Mountains.
Reed had appealed to the public for help to find his family. “We are just hoping for a miracle,” Reed said at the time.
On Saturday, his father, Grant Reed, confirmed the three were deceased.
“With profound sadness that is now a part of my soul I am sorry to share the passing of Constance, Chloe and Lily. Please continue to pray for my son Michael and his son Nichols,” he said, according to the news outlet.
The family’s church started a “Reed Family Relief Fund” on its website.
One hundred individuals have sustained injuries related to the fire and were treated at LeConte Medical Center, according to The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and 1,413 structures have been damaged or destroyed.
Seventy-year-old Alice Hagler from Gatlinburg, a Canadian couple, and a couple on vacation are also among the deceased.