Who are the Unclaimed Dead?

Abstract:

:Unclaimed dead are deceased persons with no known next of kin (NoK) or NoK was located but did not claim the deceased. Unclaimed dead in Marion County, Indiana, 2004-2011, are examined. Comparisons are provided of the unclaimed to the claimed dead population and county death patterns. Race, gender, marital status, age, location, manner and cause of death, NoK, and days to disposition are analyzed. The unclaimed dead were disproportionately male, slightly more likely to be Black, younger at death, died from natural causes, had unknown marital status, were equally likely as not to have NoK, did not die in a hospital, and were subject to autopsy. Nearly half the unclaimed had NoK who did not claim the body; the other half had no identifiable NoK. Unclaimed were more likely to have an autopsy and to die from external causes. Most unclaimed were identified by means outside fingerprints or DNA.

journal_name

J Forensic Sci

authors

Quinet K,Nunn S,Ballew A

doi

10.1111/1556-4029.12973

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-01-01 00:00:00

pages

S131-9

eissn

0022-1198

issn

1556-4029

journal_volume

61 Suppl 1

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