30 Mar 2009

Victorian bushfire death toll revised down

4:10 pm on 30 March 2009

The death toll from the Victorian bushfires in February has been revised down to 173 from 210.

Police in the Australian state say they have been able to account for a number of people initially presumed missing as a result of the firestorm on Black Saturday,

7 February.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe says investigators have gone through tens of thousands of records and documentation, working closely with the Red Cross and the Coroner's Office.

Mr Walshe says in some instances, remains have been found to belong to one person, when originally suspected to be two or more.

To date, 87 people have been formally identified, but he says the identity of some remains may never be confirmed.