Fourth victim found, 8 still missing after Maryland apartment fire

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SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Montgomery County Police Department announced that a fourth victim’s body was found within the apartment building in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring which caught fire on Wednesday, August 10. Police have also identified eight people who are still considered missing.

According to officials, two bodies were found within the building on Thursday, August 11, and another victim’s body was located on Friday, August 12. As of now, police investigators have not identified the four victims who died in fire. Their remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, as well as possible identification.

Officials also announced that they received information regarding eight people who were believed to be in the apartment building at the time of the fire and are currently unaccounted for. Police do say that the four recovered bodies are included within the group of eight people unaccounted for. The investigators have collected information about the missing individuals, with the exception of Oscar Armando Ochoa, who police have not been able to confirm was in the building during the fire.

You can click the link here to see more information regarding those who are still missing. Here is the list of names and ages for those missing:

  • Saeda Ibrahim, age 41
  • Augusto Jimenez Sr., age 62
  • Maria Auxiliadorai Castellon-Martinez, age 53
  • Aseged Mekonen, age 34
  • Deibi “David” Samir Lainez Morales, age 8
  • Oscar Armando Ochoa, age 55 – NOTE: No photo available
  • Fernando Josue Hernandez Orellana, age 3
  • Saul Paniagua, age 65

The Department is asking that if anyone has information that an individual named below is unharmed or can provide information on the person’s possible whereabouts, to please immediately call Montgomery County’s 311 telephone line (240-777-0311 if outside of the County) or the police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.