Nearly two months after Hurricane Katrina struck and more than two weeks after the official quest for bodies was abandoned, corpses of Ninth Ward residents are being found every day.
The discovery of new remains shows no sign of slowing down: Workers hired by the state remove several ossified bodies each day, many of them discovered by residents returning home.
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Neighbors of the dead see them afforded none of the respect that Blanco promised. Finding and burying the bodies outweighs the property-rights argument that has held up the recovery process, they say.
"That homeland security, they were supposed to kick down those doors and get those bodies out. Somebody messed up," said Lower Ninth Ward resident Keith Calhoun. "It's just a sad situation for people who are trying to get closure."