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Online pics of unclaimed bodies: Closure or horror?

  • Cook County morgue posts pictures of unidentified bodies online
  • Pop-up disclaimer warns online users that photos are graphic
Online pics of unclaimed bodies: Closure or horror?

The Cook County morgue in Chicago, Illinois, is making a bold yet controversial move to bring closure to families who may be missing a loved one.

The morgue is posting photos of unclaimed bodies, and in some cases, their faces, on its website. The site does have a pop-up disclaimer warning online users that the images they are about to see are graphic.

The website also lists identifying characteristics for each body, such as tattoos, clothes or the place where it was found. 

The website links its images to NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), a national database of unidentified bodies, and it helped a Michigan family identify their missing daughter. Officials at the morgue hope posting the pictures will give names to the unclaimed bodies. 

What do you think? Should a morgue be allowed to show these pics online? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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