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At 1300 E. Warren St., you can smell the plight of Detroit.
Inside the Wayne County morgue in midtown Detroit, 67 bodies are piled up, unclaimed, in the freezing temperatures. Neither the families nor the county can afford to bury the corpses. So they stack up inside the freezer.
Albert Samuels, chief investigator for the morgue, said he has never seen anything like it during his 13 years on the job. "Some people don't come forward even though they know the people are here," said the former Detroit cop. "They don't have the money."
The number of unclaimed corpses at the Wayne County morgue is at a record high, having tripled since 2000. The reason for the pile-up is twofold: One, unemployment in the area is approaching 28%, and many people, like the Vickers, can't afford last rites; two, the county's $21,000 annual budget to bury unclaimed bodies ran out in June.
But this messy reality is shielded behind the Wayne County morgue's perfectly trimmed hedges and pristine brick walls.
The Los Angeles coroner's office said it, too, has seen an increase in the number of bodies abandoned.
Originally posted by cloakndagger
I find this amazing because 3rd world countries have no problem burying their dead. I guess greed is so pervasive that people have forgotten common sense stuff like digging a damn hole.
[edit on 1-10-2009 by cloakndagger]