Facebook Used After Disasters To Search For Family Members

Getty Images              The remains of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood is seen from the air Wednesday

Tunis' home had gone up in flames Monday morning as a ferocious wildfire ripped through the area.

Linda Tunis, 69, died when the Tubbs Fire consumed her mobile home in Santa Rosa on Monday morning.

"I have been a mess, absolutely devastated", Jessica Tunis wrote on Facebook.

He daughter Jessica said she called her and told her that her house was on fire and she was trapped.

Tunis' post gained over 100 comments, from friends and strangers, giving prayers and support, suggestions of places to look, with some even going out to look for her mother themselves. The blazes killed at least 21 people and destroyed an estimated 3,500 homes and businesses, many of them in California's wine country. Approximately 200 people were reported missing to the authorities in Northern California.

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Jessica was on the phone to her mother when she was surrounded by fire and unable to escape. The family continued calling hospitals seeking Jane Does and hitting up evacuation centres.

She then turned to social media, along with hundreds of others looking for loved ones and posted a picture of her mother smiling at a café with the caption: 'Does anyone know if Journey's End Mobile Home Park got evacuated before it burned down? "Please help me find her". I need her back.

The family of Linda Tunis told KRON4 News that her remains were found at the Journey's End Mobile Home Park where she lived.

Her daughter, Jessica Tunis, confirmed her death Wednesday.


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