Confirmed victims of Smoky Mountain wildfires

Officials Saturday afternoon gave an update on the victims of the Sevier County fires

Officials have confirmed 14 lives were lost in the Sevier County wildfires. The 14th victim was positively identified on Jan. 27 - nearly two months to the day after the wildfires - as 59-year-old Pamela Johnson. 

Johnson had been missing since the night of the fires, and was last seen at the Travelers Motel on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg, where she lived. The motel was completely destroyed in the fires. Family members and friends tried to remain hopeful that she would be found in the weeks following the fires. On Jan. 27, officials confirmed that the one remaining unidentified victim of the fires was indeed Johnson. 

Johnson was a grandmother who worked at Mckinneys Market in Gatlinburg. Many people knew her as "Miss Pam."

63-year-old Robert Alan Hejny was discovered at the Traveler's Motel in Gatlinburg. Hejny lived in Biloxi, Miss. during Hurricane Katrina, and moved to Gatlinburg in October 2005, according to his sister, Georgette Smith. Hejny loved music and worked in various restaurants in Gatlinburg. He was part of a tight-knit group of friends who lived at the Traveler's Motel.

81-year-old Elaine Brown of Clabo Road in Sevierville. Brown died in a multi-motor vehicle wreck trying to flee the fires on Wears Valley Road.

34-year-old Constance Reed, wife of Michael Reed, and their two daughters Chloe, age 12, and Lily, age 9.  Constance and two of her children, Chloe and Lily, went missing in the fires Monday after Michael and his son went for a drive.The two children were found next to her. Thousands of people across the country and in East Tennessee were praying for her and her children's safe return.

Bradley Phillips, 59. Discovered at 412 Long Hollow Road. His family told Channel 10 earlier that his body was found near his home, and are asking for prayers through this difficult time.

John Tegler, 71, and wife Marilyn Tegler, 70. The couple, visiting from Canada, was found on Skyline Drive in Chalet Village. According to CTV, the Teglers are originally from Woodstock, Ontario. Their son-in-law Dave Lapointe told The Canadian Press that the couple was at their vacation home in the Smoky Mountains to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving long weekend. After the wildfire broke out, the couple had attempted to flee. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Jon and Janet Summers, both 61. The couple was found in Chalet Village. Their three sons survived after the family was split up while they were escaping.


May Vance, 75, of Gatlinburg. She died of a heart attack related to smoke inhalation. According to her obituary, Mrs. Vance enjoyed gardening, sewing, trips to the beach, animals, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. 


Family members and officials have confirmed that Alice Hagler, 70, is one of the people that died in the Sevier County fires this week. Her son James Wood confirmed that authorities notified him of his mother's death on Wednesday night


Family has confirmed to us that the beloved Gatlinburg Reverend Dr. Ed Taylor was found dead. Son Eddie Taylor tells us that Gatlinburg police found his body near his home. They believe he died from smoke inhalation.

 

Related:

Man still searching for wife and daughters after Gatlinburg fire

Family searches for grandmother missing after wildfire
 

 

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