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Three family members killed in San Bruno explosion identified, officially bringing death toll to seven

September 22, 2010 |  1:15 pm

The San Mateo County coroner's office Wednesday confirmed the identities of three family members who were missing and presumed dead in the Sept. 9 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, officially bringing the death toll to seven.

The three were identified as Gregory Harold Bullis, 50; his mother, 85-year-old Lavonne McLellan Bullis; and his son, 17-year-old William James Bullis. The surviving members of the Bullis family were informed of the coroner's findings late Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement released by the office.

Gregory and Lavonne Bullis were identified through investigative testing conducted by the California Department of Justice's Missing Persons DNA Laboratory in Richmond, and William Bullis was identified by examination of remains found at the family home in San Bruno, the coroner's office said.

Four other people died in the explosion: 44-year-old Jacqueline Greig and her 13-year-old daughter Janessa Greig, 81-year-old Elizabeth Torres, and 20-year-old Jessica Morales.

-- Lee Romney in San Francisco