Officials Halt Search For Bodies Of Children In Bedford Co. Fire
Sep 25, 2012 09:08 PM CDT
BEDFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - The bodies of two Bedford County children who are suspected to have died in a tragic house fire have yet to be recovered after a second day of searching.
Authorities in Bedford County used a cadaver dog, heavy equipment and a forensic anthropology team from MTSU to sift through the rubble of a home that caught fire late Sunday night. Police said the entire family of four living there likely died in the fire.
On Monday, officials recovered the bodies of Leon "Bubba" McClaran and his wife Molly. They still haven't found their live-in grandchildren, nine-year-old Chloie Leverette and seven-year-old Gage Daniel. Family members said they'll stay until both children are recovered.
"We were tired yesterday. We were in shock yesterday. But it's God's work. It's all in his hands," said Mary Lamb, the sister of one of the victims.
Investigators have not yet determined how the fire began.
Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce said he is suspending the search after spending the day searching the ashes and all other buildings on the property. He said the only thing left to do is use a special helicopter to make sure the kids aren't somewhere else on the property.