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Mendocino County teen, 14, dies trying to outrun fire

Kai Logan Shepherd (lower right) died as he and his parents and older sister attempted to outrun the Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley fire Monday, Oct. , 2017. (generosity.com)

PRESS DEMOCRAT STAFF, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

One of six reported deaths in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley fire was a teen boy who died when he and his parents and older sister attempted to outrun the blaze, officials said.

Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, died as he and his parents and older sister attempted to outrun the Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley fire Monday. His body was found in the driveway, his aunt Mindi Ramos said online. His sister and parents reportedly are hospitalized with severe burns.

The family was in the northern end of the valley when the fire raced down the hill early Monday. They apparently left their home in two vehicles on a dirt road on a remote section of West Road when the flames arrived. The four apparently left the vehicles and ran. The boy appeared to have headed back toward the family home and his body was found apart from his family.

Firefighters discovered two burned vehicles, the deceased boy and the injured family members.

A donation page has been set up for the family here.

Mendocino County investigators are looking for more bodies, assisted by students and doctors from Chico State University’s forensic anthropology department, officials said.

As in Sonoma County, some of the bodies found were burned to ash and bones.