The Lafayette Catholic Diocese will hold special burial services Saturday morning for more than 100 unclaimed bodies. 95 adults and 13 infants will be laid to rest at St. John's Cathedral. It's a ceremony two years in the making and the first of its kind for the Diocese.
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Some have gone unclaimed by family members for more than 20 years. There's at least one John Doe. In all, the remains of 93 people have gone unclaimed in Lafayette Parish in the past 20 years. The Advocate reports those people will receive a funeral at... more »
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've recovered the bodies of two crewmen who had been missing since a helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Authorities say searchers recovered the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor of Snow Hill, N.C.; and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron of... more »
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Police recovered 19 bodies Wednesday in a mass grave identified in a narco-video as the burial site for 20 men who were kidnapped a month ago in the Pacific coast city of Acapulco. Police did not yet know if the bodies found in the grave in... more »
MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) - Rescuers searching islands ravaged by a tsunami off western Indonesia raised the death toll to 343 Thursday as more bodies were wrapped in body bags or buried by neighbors. Officals said hundreds of missing people may have been swept out to sea. Elsewhere in Indonesia,... more »
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Search teams have recovered the bodies of two men missing in Texas floodwaters, bringing the death toll caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine to six. Authorities on Friday found the bodies of a 28-year-old Louisiana man swept away in the Guadalupe River in New... more »
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese state news agency is reporting that no survivors have been found among the 16 miners trapped by a lethal gas leak in a coal mine in central China four days ago. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that workers had retrieved 16 bodies from... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has identified two bodies pulled from Lake Pontchartrain as a man and woman from Kenner. John Gagliano, chief coroner's investigator, tells The Times-Picayune Monday that 42-year-old Lynette Williams and 58-year-old Herbert Glass each died from a single gunshot wound to the... more »
A mix up at the morgue leaves the wrong person cremated. The women died at Lafayette General Medical Center but their bodies went to the wrong funeral homes. "I can't explain the feeling," said Chakakhan Joseph, Ruby Joseph's daughter, "It's overwhelming," she said as she started to cry.
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