Human remains may be connected to person missing after the Marshall Fire

January 5, 2022
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Homes in Superior, Colorado, on Monday,. Jan. 3, 2022, destroyed by the Marshall fire. Marshall fire ignited Dec. 30, 2021, in Boulder County and destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in and around Superior and Louisville, and left thousands of people scrambling to evacuate, driven by winds that sometimes exceeded 100 mph.

Update Jan. 7, 2:45 p.m.:

The Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the human remains found after the Marshall Fire as 69-year-old Robert Sharpe. He was one of two people reported missing after the fire.

Courtesy of the Sharpe Family
Robert Sharpe, one of two people reported missing after the Marshall fire.

The coroner's office is still looking into the cause of Sharpe's death.

Sharpe's family said in a statement Friday that he was an active part of the Boulder community, where he worked in construction. Investigators are still searching for signs of the other missing person, who has been identified as a woman.

Our original story continues below.


The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that investigators have found partial human remains on Marshall Road, in unincorporated Boulder County.

Authorities believe the discovery may be connected to one of the two people who have been missing since the Marshall fire burned down nearly 1,000 homes on Dec. 30, 2021.

Investigators from both the sheriff's office and coroner's office continue to actively investigate. A woman from Superior is still missing, but the sheriff's office did not have any updates on that investigation as crews continue to search.

A third person had been thought to be missing, but was found alive last weekend.

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