21 Mar 2009

Search for bushfire victims ends: final toll 210

9:15 am on 21 March 2009

Sixty six of the victims have been formally identified. However, the state coroner says the identities of some may never be known.

The Victorian coroner's office says the final death toll in the Black Saturday bushfires stands at 210.

All searches of the regions are now complete.

Sixty six victims of the fires on 7 February have been identified.

However, the ABC reports that the coroner reiterated in a statement that the identities of some victims may never be known.

Deputy police commissioner Kieran Walshe says the coroner's office has now finished its work in Marysville - where at least 45 people died. More than 4000 buildings and structures were searched.

The entire town was designated a crime scene.

Residents of Marysville are now allowed back there. The ABC reports the town remains closed to the general public.