Dover Air Force Base Human Remains

March 16, 2012 by staff 

Dover Air Force Base Human Remains, Problems with the handling of human remains at a Delaware military base date back at least to Sept. 11, 2001, when portions of bodies brought there after the terrorist attacks were cremated and deposited in a landfill, according to a Defense Department report Tuesday.

Detailing previously undisclosed errors at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, investigators found a 2002 memo that indicated portions of bodies of people killed in the Shanksville, Pa., plane crash and the Pentagon attack couldn’t be identified, were cremated at a civilian crematory and then given to a biomedical waste-disposal contractor that deposited the remains in a landfill.

Portions of seven corpses brought to Dover Air Force Base the terrorist attacks were cremated and deposited in a landfill, Julian Barnes reports on the News Hub.

The report has few other details of the apparent mishandling of the Sept. 11 remains. In 2008, the Air Force halted the practice of disposing in landfills the small portions of unidentified remains or partial remains that family members had declined. The service now buries such remains at sea.

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