The number of missing Maui wildfire victims rises to 1,100, with 115 dead weeks after the blazes first devastated Hawaii

Officials investigating the Maui wildfires have said the number of missing people is now at 1,100.

The FBI issued a statement regarding the Lahaina fires, claiming that it will soon begin releasing the names of the missing people.

A photo of a missing person in Hawaii


A photo of a missing person in Hawaii
A photo of the devastation in Lahaina


A photo of the devastation in LahainaPhoto credit: Getty

“We’re making tremendous progress,” Honolulu FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill said per Hawaii News Now.

Previously, Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen estimated that about 850 people were missing.

It has been confirmed that 115 people have died in the wildfires, a number that makes the natural disaster the worst wildfire in over a century.

Over the past week, authorities have asked relatives of the missing persons to submit their DNA samples to expedite the identification process.

The Maui victim's family has criticized the retirement home's
The heartbreaking message from the family of the Maui fire victim as the death toll mounts

The family support center only collected samples from 104 families, reports the AP News.

Maui prosecutor Andrew Martin said the number of DNA sample volunteers was fewer than in previous disasters.

“That’s our concern, that’s why I’m here today, that’s why I’m asking for this help,” he said.

He said the samples would only be used to identify the victims.

“What we want to do — everything we want to do — is help people find and identify their missing loved ones,” he said.

Crosses were erected in honor of the victims


Crosses were erected in honor of the victimsPhoto credit: AP

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