Unclaimed body leads to court battle

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A case of unclaimed remains has led a Kentucky Hospital to take action.

Officials at UK hospital have asked a judge to force either the Fayette or Pulaski County Coroner to take possession of a body that's been in their morgue for more than three months.

The controversy began after family members of Robert George, 72, of Burnside, said they couldn't afford to bury him.

That's when the Fayette County Coroner said George's body had to be returned to the county where he resided in. However, the Pulaski County Coroner argued differently, saying because George died in Fayette County, he was their responsibility.

In the end, the judge ruled in favor of Fayette County, ordering the Pulaski County Coroner to take possession of Mr. George's body that remains in UK Hospital's morgue.

"Even though his family is not able to afford to bury him or hold a funeral for him, at least they will be able to go by and visit his grave, now that he'll be buried in his hometown," said Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

Ginn said there were more than 90 indigent burials in Fayette County alone last year, costing the city more than $140,000.


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