Bodies piling high in Detroit’s city morgue as city can’t afford to bury its dead

November 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The city where I was born Detroit, is in very sad circumstances indeed.  So much so that The Motor City’s central mortuary, is stacked up high with abandoned corpses, some for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high.  Shocking, but it’s no surprise I guess, and here’s why.   Detroit today has an unemployment rate of 28 per cent, higher even than the worst years of the Great Depression, mainly because of horrific city governing, and the collapse of the big three car manufacturers General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford to some extent. Once America’s fourth-largest city, thousands of houses are now abandoned and half the population has left. Meanwhile the city treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the most basic services such as rubbish collection, and running public schools which are now in receivership, while the murder rate is soaring. The $21,000 annual county budget to bury Detroit’s unclaimed bodies ran out in June. Until then  Wayne County, in which Detroit resides, would provide $700, to bury bodies in a rough pine casket at a nearby cemetery, under a marker if a family confirmed that they could not afford to lay a loved one to rest.  Sadly even this ‘cleanup service; can no longer be afforded.

Information for this story comes from TimesOnline


One Response to “Bodies piling high in Detroit’s city morgue as city can’t afford to bury its dead”

  1. David LeVack on January 26th, 2010 2:27 pm

    and the problem with putting all of the deceased into a large ditch and cremating them?

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