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38 Containers Of Human Remains Found In Dover

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DOVER, Del. - Officials say the cremated remains of 38 people were found inside of a former Dover funeral home.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science says several small containers of cremains were found last week at the former Minus Funeral Home, on North Queen Street. Officials say of the 38 containers, 33 were clearly marked and identified, and spanned from around 1970, through the 1990s. Nine of the cremains were apparently identified as victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre.

The Division of Forensic Science says they have possession of all the cremains, and their staff will be working to identify the remains, and inform the families.

When the remains were found, Officials decided to conduct an exploratory excavation of the property. Dover Police assisted and found other areas of interest on the property, but during the excavation, Officials only apparently found arrowhead, two animal bones, oyster shells and charcoals. Also found at the property, were reportedly several bronze gravesite markers for deceased veterans who served in World War I through the Vietnam War. They will apparently be returned to the family members, or the Veterans Administration.

The New Castle County Police Department also assisted DFS and Dover PD with the excavation.

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