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30 Years After They Vanished on the Mountain, 'Closure'

Steve Aisthorpe grateful that 2 friends who disappeared in Himalayas in 1988 have been found

(Newser) - The bodies of those who succumb to the Himalayan mountains likely stay on the slopes forever—it's often too difficult, dangerous, and costly to retrieve them. That fact didn't stop Steve Aisthorpe of Scotland from his recent mission on the Nepal-Tibet border: to get "closure" on the... More »

130 Years After La. Massacre, Search for Bodies Begins

Up to 60 African-Americans were killed in Thibodaux in 1887

(Newser) - A patch of ground in southern Louisiana is being surveyed to see if it holds a mass grave from a Reconstruction-era racial massacre. Ground-penetrating radar and limited coring will be used during a survey Thursday in Thibodaux, where locals believe white mobs dumped the bodies of African-Americans they killed during... More »

'With Full Proof I Can Say These 39 Are Dead'

Indian construction workers kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 found in mass grave

(Newser) - In the days after Mosul fell to ISIS, 40 Indian construction workers who'd been on assignment on the Mosul University campus were kidnapped. Only one, Harjit Masih, managed to survive after what he says were four days in captivity in June 2014. He was shot in the thigh; the... More »

Glacier Yields 3 Roped-Together Bodies

Climbers vanished on Mont Blanc 22 years ago

(Newser) - Western Europe's highest mountain is giving up more of its dead as the Mont Blanc glacier shifts and retreats. In the latest grim find, a French climber on the Italian side of the peak spotted the bodies of three roped-together climbers believed to have died in 1995, AFP reports.... More »

University Says Up to 7K Bodies Are Buried on Campus

University of Mississippi Medical Center trying to decide what to do with them

(Newser) - On some 20 acres of the 164-acre University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, there's something unexpected underfoot: bodies. The Clarion-Ledger reports there are as many as 7,000 bodies buried on the campus, and they likely belong to patients of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which in 1855 opened... More »

3rd Body Found on Kohlhepp Property

He asked to send photo to mom in return for confession

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say they've found a third body on the property of suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp—and they think this one could be the last, at least on that property. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says that like another body found on Sunday , it hasn't... More »

Famous Climbers' Bodies Left Where They Were

Tibet mountaineers didn't realize they had found long-lost men

(Newser) - The mountaineers who discovered the bodies of long-lost American climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges in Tibet left them untouched out of respect—and it took them days to realize who they were. Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck tells Reuters that he was on the way up Mount Shishapangma with German... More »

Author Floats Theory on Ancient Bog Bodies

She thinks they were human sacrifices

(Newser) - Peat harvesters have been discovering well-preserved human remains in the bogs of England and throughout Northern Europe for centuries. Most date from about 700BC to 200AD, and they represent people of varying age, sex, and social status. But they do have one thing in common: Violent deaths. Lots of theories... More »

Dog Walker Finds Bodies in Popular LA Park

Police don't know how the women died, but they may have been there for weeks

(Newser) - Police say they are on high alert after the bodies of two young women were found by a dog walker in a popular Los Angeles park. Capt. Patricia Sandoval says the LAPD has added officers on foot inside Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and in patrol cars in the area... More »

House Full of Bodies Points to 'Prehistoric Disaster'

5K-year-old house found crammed with nearly a hundred corpses

(Newser) - You wouldn't expect to find 97 ancient bodies crammed inside a 5,000-year-old house—but that's exactly what researchers discovered at the Hamin Mangha site in northeastern China, LiveScience reports. The remains of middle-aged adults, young adults, and juveniles were found in various states, with some charred and... More »

Police Seek News of Blue Porsche After Bodies Found

Authorities say site of house fire in DC is 'major crime scene'

(Newser) - Firefighters who responded yesterday afternoon to a blaze that authorities are calling "very suspicious" found four bodies inside the Washington, DC, home—and they're now seeking news of a blue Porsche that could be tied to the case. The fire was called in around 1:30pm; a neighbor... More »

Bodies of 2 Kids Found in Detroit Family's Freezer

Mother is in custody as police try to figure out what happened

(Newser) - Detroit police have arrested the mother of a boy and girl whose bodies were found in a freezer in the family's home. Court officers found the children's bodies in a freezer today while carrying out an eviction order for the home in the apartment complex. The boy was... More »

The Issues With Burying the French Terrorists in France

French law allows local burials, but officials don't want fanatics visiting graves

(Newser) - It's been a week since French gunmen Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi, and Amedy Coulibaly were killed , but their bodies remain unburied, probably somewhere in a Paris morgue, the New York Times reports. French law allows for local burial, though an official family request must be made to the mayor... More »

102 Bodies, Many Children's, Found Floating Near Ganges

Officials believe the dead were given water burials

(Newser) - Authorities are today investigating how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges River in northern India. Officials do not suspect a crime: Instead, they believe the dead were given water burials. The 102 bodies found floating near the village of... More »

55 Bodies Exhumed From Notorious Reform School

And final number could be higher, say researchers

(Newser) - The remains of 55 bodies have been retrieved from unmarked graves at a notorious Florida reform school —almost twice the number that a 2009 inquiry determined were buried there, and five more than researchers were expecting, the Wall Street Journal reports. The now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys,... More »

Detroit's Vacant Fields 'Dumping Grounds for the Dead'

As areas get abandoned, killers take advantage: AP

(Newser) - Of all the grim stories coming out of Detroit, this one from the AP might be the bleakest of all:
  • "Abandoned and neglected parts of the city are quickly becoming dumping grounds for the dead—at least a dozen bodies in 12 months' time," writes Corey Williams. "
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Air France Searchers Recover 75 Bodies

Crash victims pulled from wreckage could be preserved by icy depths

(Newser) - A French search team has pulled another 75 victims of the Air France Flight 447 crash out of the briny depths in recent days, a spokesman for the French military police said today. He would not say what condition the bodies were in, but Reuters notes that the first two... More »

Bodies Found in Underwater Air France Wreckage

Robots find cabin and engines of crashed jet

(Newser) - Underwater robots have located the bodies of some of those who died in the Air France flight 447 crash two years ago, France’s Ecology Minister revealed on the radio today. “We have bodies… there are bodies that are still in the parts that have been found,” the... More »

Corpse Meister to Sell Bodies Online

Gunther von Hagens' latest move outrages queasy public

(Newser) - Plasticized corpse huckster Gunther von Hagens is jumping on the grisly express again. The German millionaire bizman scientist is preparing to offer plasticized body parts and entire bodies for sale online, sparking public outrage. Von Hagens developed a way to preserve corpses by replacing body fluids and fat with plastic... More »

Woman Dug Up, Lived With Remains of Husband, Twin

The 91-year-old had help, say police

(Newser) - A bizarre and sad case from Pennsylvania: Police say a 91-year-old woman retrieved the bodies of her late husband and twin sister after their burials and lived with their mummified remains. The body of Jean Stevens' husband, who died in 1999, was found in a rug in the garage, and... More »

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