Unclaimed deceased residents, County seeking friends or family

Pierce County Medical Examiner seeks family or friends for more than 170 unclaimed decedents

What happens when someone dies, and no one claims their body? In the case of Pierce County, Wash., the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides a respectful ceremony at a final resting place.

A public memorial and gathering will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. at Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor to inter the cremains of those who remain unclaimed.

Over 170 individuals who died in Pierce County prior to Aug. 31, 2020, have not been claimed by family members or friends. In some instances, relatives cannot be found. In other cases, family members decline to take possession.

The list of decedents, including date and location of death, can be viewed at https://www.piercecountywa.gov/remembrance. To give the community one last chance to claim deceased individuals before the cremains are interred, the Medical Examiner’s office has published death information (above) and invites interested parties to contact an investigator directly at PCMDXInvestigations@piercecountywa.gov or 253-798-6655 by Aug. 25, 2021.

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