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    South Jersey medical examiner’s office holds funeral service for seven unclaimed bodies

    It was a somber day in Camden County, N.J., yesterday as the bodies of seven unclaimed residents were buried in one of two yearly ceremonies at Potter’s Field.

    Michael McGovern, Charles Rudder, Colista Saleh, Arthur Dougherty, John Gaughan Jr., Stephen Cohen and George Williams were intered in the graveyard behind the Gloucester Township Lions Football Fields, along side thousands of other unclaimed bodies from around South Jersey.

    According to a Gloucester County Times report, only Williams, a well-known window washer, had a few acquaintances in attendance. The other mourners were from the regional medical examiner’s office and public works department. When bodies go unclaimed for several months, the ME’s office arranges a burial at Potter’s Field.

     

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