MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – The latest on wildfires raging in drought-stricken California (all times local):
A 69-year-old man whose home was destroyed in the fire raging in Northern California has been reported missing by his family.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1FfNNPA) that authorities said Leonard Neft's burned car was found Tuesday evening on the route he would have taken to try to escape. He lived in the small town of Anderson Springs and his house was destroyed.
Neft, a former police reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, last spoke with his family on Saturday evening, as the fires swept through the area.
His wife, Adela Neft, told the paper she repeatedly called her husband Saturday to tell him to leave, but he said he didn't think the fire was coming toward him. He was alone in the home. Authorities say cadaver dogs will be sent in to search.