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Deceased Katrina Victims Released 2-16-2006

Feb. 16, 2006: Updated Number of Deceased Victims Recovered Following Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, February 16, 2006  |  Contact: Media & Communications: Phone: 225.342.1532, E-mail: dhhinfo@la.gov

Recovered Bodies – At this time, state officials, working in conjunction with coroners from local parishes, have recovered 1,103 bodies. This is an increase from 1,102 recovered bodies reported on Feb. 8, 2006.
 
Victim Identification Center (Carville) Totals:
910 – Total bodies examined at the morgue
716 – Released to Families
99 – Ready to be released; attempting to locate family members
95 – Identity unknown (decreased from 96 on 2/8/2006)

Released Bodies – On Feb. 8, DHH reported 691 bodies had been released to families. Today, that number has been updated to 716 released bodies
693 – Storm-related deaths (see attachment.)
23 – Medical examiner cases not storm-related

Demographic Breakdown of the 693 Storm-Related Deaths:
Race: African-American - 365 bodies (52% of total); Asian-Pacific – 5 (1%); Caucasian – 304 bodies (44%); Hispanic – 16 (2%); Native American – 2 (<1%); Other – 1 (< 1%.)

Gender: 350 males (51%), 343 females (49%).

Parish of Residence: Jefferson – 28, Orleans – 524, Plaquemines – 3, St. Bernard – 125, St. Tammany – 3, Washington – 1, unknown – 3, out of state – 3, St. John – 1, East Baton Rouge – 2.

Deceased Victims Reported by Other Parish Coroners:
Ascension – 9                         
Assumption – 3
East Baton Rouge – 72           
Iberia – 6
Jefferson – 30                         
Lafourche – 2
Livingston – 5                       
Plaquemines – 3
St. Charles – 8                        
St. Tammany – 7
Tangipahoa – 26                     
Terrebonne – 19
West Baton Rouge – 3