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Burial set for unclaimed bodies

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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:22pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KDBC) — The remains of 17 people whose bodies were not claimed will be buried at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Las Cruces, city officials said.

Each of the bodies has been cremated, and the remains and personal effects have been in the custody of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department for two years, as required by law. No family or friends came forward during that period to claim the bodies.

Doña Ana County pays for cremation, storage of the remains and eventual burial for indigent individuals who die within Doña Ana County. Remains of veterans are buried at Fort Bliss Cemetery with full military honors. All others are interred at St. Joseph Cemetery under a contract with St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Jess Williams officiating.

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