The bad news is Mother Nature threw down one of the deadliest tornadoes in history and blew the doors off in Joplin, Mo and the death toll is climbing. The good news is the list of missing persons is shrinking. However, people with unaccounted family members are frustrated by the fact that the morgue will not allow access until the dead are positively identified and not released to the wrong families. A lengthy id process is in place which includes pictures, x-rays, and DNA samples all matched against the missing person’s list even before the family is notified. This is in order to avoid a mix up at the funeral home, which reportedly has already happened.
One family searched frantically for days for their missing 16 month old toddler. He was discovered in the morgue, where he’d laid since Sunday night.