Westmoreland County coroner’s office discovers remains of 15 veterans


Fifteen veterans will receive a full military funeral after their remains were found in storage at the Westmoreland County Coroner’s office.Unclaimed remains found: Watch the report from Westmoreland County in the video player aboveThe 15 veterans were among a group of 57 unclaimed cremains that Coroner Tim Carson said he discovered when he took office in January.Carson said in a news conference Wednesday that he spoke with other coroners in the state and learned that it was not uncommon for unclaimed remains to be stored in the coroner’s office, but he decided he wanted to do something about it. The identities of the remains were always known, but no family members had come forward to claim them.Carson said he shared the names with a veterans group in Arizona called the Missing in America project and discovered the remains of 15 individuals were U.S. veterans dating back to World War II.In some cases, Carson said the remains have been in the county’s possession as far back as 1993.”I felt it was a disgrace to all of our veterans that served for them to just be in a room, in a box, on the floor,” Carson said.Local veterans groups and the Pantalone Funeral Home of Greensburg have partnered with the coroner’s office to ensure that the veterans receive a proper military funeral. A memorial service at the Scottdale War Memorial is scheduled for July 15 at 10 a.m. The veterans will then be escorted to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies for a full military funeral at 1 p.m.The county coroner’s office shared the full list of the unclaimed remains on its website.

Fifteen veterans will receive a full military funeral after their remains were found in storage at the Westmoreland County Coroner’s office.

Unclaimed remains found: Watch the report from Westmoreland County in the video player above

The 15 veterans were among a group of 57 unclaimed cremains that Coroner Tim Carson said he discovered when he took office in January.

Carson said in a news conference Wednesday that he spoke with other coroners in the state and learned that it was not uncommon for unclaimed remains to be stored in the coroner’s office, but he decided he wanted to do something about it. The identities of the remains were always known, but no family members had come forward to claim them.

Carson said he shared the names with a veterans group in Arizona called the Missing in America project and discovered the remains of 15 individuals were U.S. veterans dating back to World War II.

In some cases, Carson said the remains have been in the county’s possession as far back as 1993.

“I felt it was a disgrace to all of our veterans that served for them to just be in a room, in a box, on the floor,” Carson said.

Local veterans groups and the Pantalone Funeral Home of Greensburg have partnered with the coroner’s office to ensure that the veterans receive a proper military funeral. A memorial service at the Scottdale War Memorial is scheduled for July 15 at 10 a.m. The veterans will then be escorted to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies for a full military funeral at 1 p.m.

The county coroner’s office shared the full list of the unclaimed remains on its website.