Jonestown Massacre remains found in Del. funeral home

Jonestown Massacre remains found in Del. funeral home

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Bodies of more than 400 members of the Jim Jones' sect "Temple of people" are strewn, 21 November 1978, in a field surrounding the community's cultural center in Jonestown, where Jim Jones had established the Peoples Temple, after they committed mass suicide, compliance with the rules of the sect. More than 900 people died, 18 November 1978, in the largest mass suicide in American history. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Jon Offredo, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

DOVER, Del. — Nine unclaimed containers found inside a Dover funeral home contain the ashes of victims of the 1978 mass cult Jonestown Massacre, according to police.

The discovery was among 38 small containers of ashes found inside the former Minus Funeral by state forensic investigators last week. It prompted authorities to dig outside the building Wednesday to look for other remains. None was found, according to a joint release from Dover police and the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security Division of Forensic Science.

The containers of ashes, 33 of which were marked and identified, were dated from a period spanning from approximately 1970 through the 1990s.

The funeral home is bank-owned. State forensic investigators have taken possession of the remains and are continuing to identify them and make notifications to family members, according to the release.

Bodies of 911 victims who died in the mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, under the leadership of Peoples Temple sect leader Jim Jones, were brought to Dover Air Force Base, home to the U.S. military's largest mortuary.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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