Sunday, June 18, 2006

Another Body Found

Workers find body in flooded home
Sunday, June 18, 2006
From staff reports

Workers cleaning a Katrina-flooded house in eastern New Orleans on Wednesday discovered the body of a man who apparently drowned as a result of the hurricane, the New Orleans Forensic Center said.

The body was found under furniture in the house on Wilson Avenue, chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano said. He said the forensic center will use a DNA test to see whether the body is that of a 59-year-old resident of the house, who was reported missing in September.

He said relatives had made several trips to the house since Katrina, but a body was not found until Wednesday.

An autopsy showed the dead man drowned.

He was the 23rd apparent storm victim found in New Orleans since the forensic center took over body recovery from federal search teams in March, Gagliano said.

As of May 18, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals had counted 1,588 Louisiana deaths from Katrina, including 281 who died in other states after the storm.


I find something terribly wrong with the state of things when bodies are being found nearly ten months after the storm.

Before they were bodies, they were people. People with families, homes, jobs, and hobbies. The least that they deserve is to be found and given a proper burial.

But somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if bodies continue to be found well after Katrina's one-year anniversary.


Blogger Tat said...

I wouldn't be surprised if they found bodies even years afterwards, like when they uncover the layers of silt and debri that probably cake certain areas now. If they uncover it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:28:00 AM  

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