Cash-strapped Detroit sees bodies pile up in county morgue


As if playing host annually to Devil's Night each October weren't enough, Detroit has another ghoulish problem on its hands as bodies pile up in the county morgue. With so many families out of work and the city's coffers strapped, no one can afford to bury the 67 bodies that have accumulated at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's building.

So for now, the bodies remain frozen. The morgue's chief investigator, Albert Samuels, told that he hasn't seen anything like it in the 13 years he's been on the job. "Some people don't come forward even though they know the people are here," said Samuels, a former Detroit cop. "They don't have the money."