The GBI has identified 223 bodies so far. According to DeWayne Wilson, Walker County coroner, more than 100 bodies remain unidentified at in a morgue in Walker County.
Wilson said the proposed location of burial for the remains is in the Tennessee/ Georgia Memorial Park in Rossville.
“The GBI and the State Medical Examiner’s Office have exhausted all presently known and available information and resources in the attempts to achieve identifications on the remaining unidentified individuals who were recovered from the Tri-State Crematory property,” said Dr. Kris Sperry, the state’s chief medical examiner. “Thus, I am releasing these unidentified remains to your custody.”
Crematory operator Brent Marsh has been charged with theft by deception for taking money and bodies for cremation but not performing the service.
The GBI has posted a link on its Web site that lists descriptions of the unidentified remains. The purpose of the site is to allow families who may have deceased relatives that have not been identified to possibly help in matching remains with identification.
“Burial of these remains does not mean that the identification process has ended,” stated GBI spokesman John Bankhead.
Descriptions will remain on the GBI Web site at www.state.ga.us/gbi/crematory/crematory.html