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Dover Post
  • Cremated remains of Jonestown Massacre victims, others found at former Dover funeral home

  • Police and state officials say 38 containers of cremated human remains were discovered inside a former Dover funeral home Wednesday, including victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre.
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  • Police and state officials say 38 containers of cremated human remains were discovered inside a former Dover funeral home Wednesday, including victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre.
    The Dover Police Department and the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Division of Forensic Science were called to investigate the former Minus Funeral Home at 222 N. Queen St., after receiving a report about the “cremains.”
    Of the 38 containers discovered inside, 33 were clearly marked and identifiable, while five remain unidentified, officials with both agencies said. The cremains reportedly date from the 1970s through the 1990s. Nine of the cremains found are the victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre,  whose bodies were among those brought to Dover Air Force Base for processing.  
    The state division of forensic science has taken possession of the cremains and officials there are working to notify the families of the deceased.
    In addition to the cremains, bronze grave markers belonging to veterans from World War I through the Vietnam War also were discovered at the site, officials said. The markers will either be presented to families of the deceased or turned over to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Check back later for additional details as they become available.

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