Photo: Missing bodies from morgues
Argentine authorities are investigating the operation of several Buenos Aires morgues after the disappearance of more than 200 bodies, officials confirmed to Efe.
Court-ordered raids on several capital hospitals over the past several weeks revealed other irregularities such as unidentified human remains, body parts scattered among different refrigerated rooms and bodies in advanced stages of decomposition.
The investigation was launched after the municipal government requested the burial of 23 bodies that had been held in the morgues of four hospitals for years.
The official tasked with relaying that request, Judge Roberto Gallardo, discovered serious irregularities in the lists of entry and exit of human remains at the morgues and ordered that the health centers be closely examined.
Gallardo determined that dozens of bodies had gone missing from those hospitals after they had been listed as delivered to the morgues.
Representatives of the hospital workers attributed the situation to chronic staffing shortfalls and not to negligence.
Alarmed by what was found in the initial four inspections, Gallardo expanded the review to the other 18 hospital morgues that also fall under municipal responsibility.
The audits revealed that a total of 216 bodies were missing from six of the 22 morgues examined.