No One Really Knows What to Do With All of America’s Unclaimed Corpses

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  1. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    Shocking details about what the medical examiners and detectives are dealing with:

    Unclaimed Bodies From the Opioid Epidemic Are Crowding Morgues - The Atlantic

    (Many of us here have worked with the fantastic Det. Krebs:)

    Sarah Krebs is used to corpses going missing. As a detective who works in the missing-persons unit in Detroit, she has solved dozens of cases by matching up disappeared people to unidentified bodies left in state custody. But for older cases in which the county was supposed to have buried the body, Krebs say it’s common for her to order an exhumation from the local cemetery and discover the body she’s looking for is not there.


    Anywhere from a few days to a few years later, those bones might turn up in a separate burial plot, or in a box on a medical examiner’s shelf, or in a law-enforcement evidence room, or in a county employee’s house. “I have multiple, multiple cases where we thought the body was buried and we found a couple days later that someone had it at home,” Krebs says.
     


  2. Shin Masamura

    Shin Masamura Him who is without syntax cast out the 1st pronoun

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    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    The article mentions some municipalities in the US using something similar as a temporary solution. I guess it shouldn't be any worse than a refrigerated room?
     
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    Cracka*Jaxx Well-Known Member

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    Unless I missed something, I’m wondering why they don’t cremate these people. It would take up a lot less space to bury or store the remains, in case a family member did come forward.
     
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    I think it mentions that some of them do, but with all the advances in DNA and other testing, they're reluctant to destroy them completely.
     
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    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    Thought I'd bump this in light of the past year's excess deaths from Covid on top of the existing issues.
     
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