For months, dozens of unclaimed bodies piled up in coolers inside the Wayne County morgue in Detroit and in a trailer parked outside.
News reports on the problem last fall became a chilling reminder of the economic hardship plaguing the city. With unemployment in Detroit close to 30 percent, many families of the dead cannot afford to pay for their loved ones to be buried or cremated.
Amid that economic backdrop, the number of piled-up, unclaimed bodies rose to 67 by October.
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