Final San Bruno Remains Identified

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010  |  Updated 5:13 PM PDT
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It took the San Mateo County coroner nearly two weeks, but Wednesday he confirmed three more people had died in the PG&E pipeline explosion.

The release brings the official death total to seven.

Coroner Robert Foucrault said Wednesday that investigators had to use DNA from remains found inside a home at 1690 Claremont near the blast site in order to positively identify a mother, son and grandson.  He said he told the family late Tuesday.

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The family of Gregory Bullis, his mother Lavonne, and his son William have known for awhile that their loved ones perished.

They released the following statement last Thursday:

"Though still awaiting final pending DNA results from the coroner’s office, it is with heavy hearts that the Bullis family announces the passing of Lavonne, Greg and William Bullis."

 They are survived by a wife and sister.

Foucrault says his office worked as quickly as possible to make the identifications.  He said he asked the state Department of Justice's missing persons unit to perform the DNA tests.

The official list of the people who died:

  • Jacqueline Greig, 44
  • Janessa Greig, 13
  • Elizabeth Torres, 82
  • Jessica Morales, 20
  • Greg Bullis, 50
  • Lavonne Bullis, 85
  • William Bullis, 17

The Bullis family are very active at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in San Bruno.

 Funeral services will be held there this Friday at 4 p.m.

 The cause of the deadly blast that leveled dozens of homes is still not known. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. It has trucked segments of the underground pipe that exploded to its laboratories, and was conducting tests to determine if corrosion, material failure or other problems contributed to the leak and explosion.

Initial results aren't due for weeks with a final report not due for a year.

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