Around 750 bodies were still found in refrigerated trucks in Brooklyn, New York, last year for those who died of a new type of coronavirus (Covid-19).
On the website of the nonprofit organization The City, Brooklyn 39th district is a place where people can be found. The bodies of 750 Covid-19 people, who were not sure when they would be buried in cemeteries in the area, had been held for more than a year, it said.
A 13-month investigation by The City organization, the Missing Them organization, and the Columbia Center for Stable Research Reporting found that hundreds of bodies ranging from 500 to 800 have been kept in refrigerated trucks since April 2020, and there is no clear development on when to bury them.
“Shortly, the city government will try to reduce the number of these bodies and try to inform families about transfers,” Dina Maniotis, deputy commissioner of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, said at a New York City Council meeting.
Maniotis said many of the relatives of the bodies held in trucks had lost contact with them, adding that the bodies would be buried on New York’s Hart Island island, where thousands of bodies with insufficient economic income or unclaimed during the Covid-19 pandemic were buried.
According to The City’s research, which was also referred to at the New York City Council meeting, 1 in 10 New Yorkers who died from Covid-19 in 2020 were buried on Hart Island.
Hart Island, an island in New York’s Bronx, was named last year as a cemetery where the coffins of orphans or those who were unable to afford it were buried on top of each other.