[Source: Mississippi Business Journal]
The number of unclaimed bodies in Mississippi’s most populous county has more doubled in the last five years, according to officials.
Five years ago, Hinds County, which includes the state’s capital city of Jackson, averaged about a dozen requests a year to handle unclaimed bodies, according to records obtained by The Clarion Ledger. Such requests grew to more than 40 last year, and the county has already had 16 requests for burials in its common grave this year, the newspaper reported on Monday.
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