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.