by Pam Zubeck
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued this statement regarding the two people who died in the Black Forest Fire on June 11:
The Black Forest Fire has been the most devastating in Colorado history. In addition to more than 500 homes destroyed, two people lost their lives. Through a cooperative effort between Forensic Odontologist Dr. Joe Gentile and El Paso County Coroner Dr. Robert Bux and his staff, identity of the victims’ who lost their lives has been made. They are 52 year old Marc Allen Herklotz and his wife, 50 year old Robin Lauran Herklotz of 6720 Jicarilla Drive in Black Forest. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends they leave behind.
The couple were long-time residents of Black Forest. According to Assessor's Office records, they bought their house in December 1992.
Sheriff Terry Maketa has said the couple perished after they returned to their home after first evacuating to retrieve property, saying, "It appears as though the individuals were in the garage," he told the media on Friday. "Their car doors were open, as though they were loading or grabbing last-minute things. And all indications were, from the evidence on scene, that they were planning to depart very quickly."