- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say bones found last year on a remote Napa County hillside belonged to two Santa Rosa brothers reported missing in 2014.

Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Keith Behlmer says DNA testing confirmed the remains belonged to 31-year-old Mario Avendano and 45-year-old Florentino Avendano.

The San Rosa Press Democrat reports Tuesday (https://bit.ly/2dpKTko) investigators suspect the Santa Rosa brothers may have died after being trapped by a July 2014 wildfire that burned almost 2 square miles.

The remains were found by a search team last year in a hillside in northern Napa County after a person walking in the area called to report spotting a human skull.

Behlmer says a Chico State University anthropologist confirmed the identities and family members were informed this week.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat: https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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