Medical Examiner seeks family for 50 unclaimed decedents

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What happens when someone dies and no one claims their body?  In the case of Pierce County, Wash., the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides a respectful distribution of the cremains in a non-denominational ceremony at sea.

Nearly 50 individuals who passed away in 2015 – 2017 have not been claimed by family members or friends. In some instances, relatives cannot be found.  In other cases, family members decline to take possession.

To give the community one last chance to claim deceased individuals before the cremains are scattered, the Medical Examiner’s office has published death information online and invites interested parties to contact Amber Larkins at amber.larkins@piercecountywa.gov  by Aug. 24.

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