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Proposal to bury unidentified remains

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A bill making its way through the state legislature focuses on unidentified human remains.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office has about 260 unidentified remains at its headquarters location in DeKalb County.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat said they date back to1969. 

"These remains are someone's brother, daughter, husband and they just haven't found them," said Eisenstat.

He said they are running out of space to store them and they also deserve a proper burial.

"My belief and the agency's belief is that they deserve a proper burial, they deserve to be treated with respect as if they were my loved one," he said.

Proposed legislation would give Eisenstat the authority to inter and disinter the remains.

"We do plan on having a ceremony, our hope is to have clergy there," he said.

Rep. Rick Williams (R-Milledgeville) is a funeral director and one of the bill's sponsors.

"This just gives dignity to them that everyone's entitled to," said Williams.

"They will be cataloged, so to speak, so that if any family ever shows up and wishes to retrieve or claim these remains, they can be retrieved and turned over to the family," said Williams.

"It brings on more of a personal mission of trying to find the person who's looking for them," said Eisenstat.

The Medical Examiner's Office has all of the remains' data, including DNA on file.

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