35 years later, remains of Jonestown victims found

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 5:03 AM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Survivors of the Peoples Temple murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, say painful memories have been stirred up 35 years later after some victims' remains were found in a shuttered Delaware funeral home.

Some bodies that arrived back in the U.S. at Dover Air Force Base in 1978 were claimed by families. Some were cremated. Others were buried in a mass grave in California.

On Thursday, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place. The cremated remains of nine were discovered in the decrepit funeral home in Dover.

Jonestown survivor Laura Johnston Kohl is now a retired teacher from San Diego. She says all the survivors she keeps in touch with are traumatized "because that door had been closed."

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